- 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: #117,251 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!
Top Customer Reviews
The author leaves the final decisions in the hands of the readers , but after reading this little paperback , the reader is an informed buyer! This is not a field where mistakes are cheap. This book will save you some real $$$ if you pay attention. It did me!
The book also features ten new make-at-home projects, including two observatories, a simple digital imager that is light enough to use with *any* telescope, a pair of binocular mounts, an observing chair, and more.
Further, the author's extensive web site ... is regularly updated with the latest news on telescopes and astro-equipment.
I highly recommend Star Ware for all amateur astronomers who are interested in learning about and purchasing the best equipment.
If you are thinking about buying a telescope or other piece of astronomical equipment, the price of this book could save you hundreds. And, in the long run, you will end up knowing more about what to buy and how to use it, thanks all to this book.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book! I am so glad that I got it before making my binoculars for stargazing. Amazing amount of history, reviews, entertainment and other information.Published 14 days ago by Wilson P.
Oh yeah. This book saved me from an expensive purchase I would not have been happy with.
Learned enough to make a good decision on purchasing a (actually two)... Read more
Very well written and informative book that every amateur astronomer should have in their collection.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm also an amateur astronomer and this kindle book is very helpful and useful. Now i have more knowledge about my own telescope and exploring it better, thanks!Published 8 months ago by Teuku Amir Syahrani
Of all astronomy books that concern equipment this one was at one time the best. The author obviously knows his subject, he is objective, and presents the info in a pleasing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Leonard Madia
If you get this book, get the print edition. The kindle edition has two major problems. One is that the formatting of the comparison tables makes them completely unusable. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lisa Nelson
Reading it now and recommended. This is the 4th (most recent) edition copyright 2007; already somewhat outdated. Read morePublished 21 months ago by THOMAS DEY
This is a pretty good book on astronomy items and things a person should become adept with in order to have good experience in astronomy.Published 24 months ago by morgan hall
Great book to guide people who want to buy a telescope.Published on November 25, 2014 by Carl Jorgensen