- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471750638
- ISBN-13: 978-0471750635
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories 4th Edition
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Praise for Star Ware
"Star Ware is still a tour de force that any experienced amateur will find invaluable, and which hardware-minded beginners will thoroughly enjoy."
Robert Burnham, Sky & Telescope magazine
"Star Ware condenses between two covers what would normally take a telescope buyer many months to accumulate."
John Shibley, Astronomy magazine
Whether you're shopping for your first telescope or your fifth, don't be surprised if you feel overwhelmed by the dazzling array of product choices, bells and whistles, and the literature that describes them all. That's why you need Star Ware.
In this revised and updated Fourth Edition of the essential guide to comparing and selecting sky-watching equipment, award-winning astronomy writer Philip Harrington takes you telescope shopping the easy way. He analyzes and explains today's astronomy market and compares brands and models point by point. Star Ware gives you the confidence you need to buy the telescope and accessories that are right for you and the knowledge to get the most out of your new purchase, with:
Extensive, expanded reviews of leading models and accessoriesincluding dozens of new products
A clear, step-by-step guide to every aspect of selecting telescopes, binoculars, filters, mounts, lenses, cameras, film, star charts, guides and references, and much more
Ten new do-it-yourself projects for building your own astronomical equipment
Easy tips on setting up, using, and caring for telescopes and other astronomical equipment
Lists of where to find everything astronomical, including Web sites and resources; distributors, dealers, and conventions; and corporate listings for products and services
About the Author
Philip S. Harrington holds degrees in mechanical engineering and science education. As a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, he writes reviews of astronomical equipment as well as a monthly column on binocular astronomy. He is the author of the three previous editions of Star Ware as well as Star Watch, Touring the Universe through Binoculars, and Eclipse!
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Top Customer Reviews
Harrington knows his stuff. He explains it very, very well, and the book is organized in a manner that allowed me to grasp the points of telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, and mounts. I let me to understand why focal length, power, eye relief, etc. are important and yet do not need to put me off. There are tables to help me quickly look at what matters to help my viewing experience. And he not only dealt with particular brands, using both frank discussions of products, clarifying types of telescopes and binoculars and other equipment, combined with his personal viewing experiences and reviews for a major astronomic viewing magazine. Perfect.
I can now see the reasons for my difficulties and the solutions. I had been using a Bausch & Lomb 10X35 binoculars for looking in the sky at night, and it was frustrating. I spent only a hundred bucks more for a pair of Pentax binoculars that are wonderful, and I see so much more! I will also be able to get better use out of my two reflector telescops now that I understand the equipment better, and there are a couple of reasonably priced accessories I'll get, such as a better finder-scope.
I didn't want something that would make it all more difficult for me, and this book gave the breadth of information and level of analysis I needed. Perfect!
Learned enough to make a good decision on purchasing a (actually two) telescopes(s).
I was very confused getting back into astronomy and looking at all the choices and reviews. Previous telescopes were department store types and after reading this book, it was not surprising I gave up the hobby for 30 years!
I recommend this book prior to making ANY telescope purchase by the beginning astronomer.
I was excited about jumping in, but decided to do some research first before making the investment.
The author has tons of experience. The book is full of personal observations and written in a casual, conversational style. The biggest takeaway from the book is to know why you are buying a piece of gear. The chapters on types of telescopes and how to choose the type for you make the book worth the price.
So, before you rush and buy a scope because it is on sale, buy this book first.