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Cosmic Challenge: The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs [Hardcover]

Philip S. Harrington
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21 Oct 2010
Listing more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, in 187 challenges, this observing guide will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of Solar System and deep-sky targets will have observers hunting for the Apollo lunar landing sites, searching for satellites orbiting the outermost planets, and exploring hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies, and quasars. Each target object is accompanied by a rating indicating how difficult the object is to find, an in-depth visual description, an illustration showing how the object realistically looks, and a detailed finder chart to help you find each challenge quickly and effectively. The guide introduces objects often overlooked in other observing guides and features targets visible in a variety of conditions, from the inner city to the dark countryside. Challenges are provided for the naked eye, through binoculars and the largest backyard telescopes.

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521899362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521899369
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Phil Harrington is one of the rare individuals who knows the sky and can write about it in an engaging manner. Cosmic Challenge features nearly 200 celestial hunts that will challenge you no matter how many days or years you've logged looking through a telescope. In writing this book, Harrington has produced a work of enduring value, one that should be on every observer's shelf.' Michael E. Bakich, Senior Editor, Astronomy magazine

'From noted astronomy writer Phil Harrington comes this welcome one-of-a-kind guidebook. Harrington provides page after page of observing challenges that encourage the reader to test his or her observing skills with naked eye, binocular, or telescope. With its blend of clear, descriptive narrative and detailed finder charts, this book is a pleasure to use. Cosmic Challenge belongs on the bookshelf of every serious amateur astronomer.' Glenn Chaple, contributing writer, Astronomy magazine

'Phil Harrington is a well-known astronomy writer and has published a lot of material about deep sky observing. Cosmic Challenge is his latest and probably best work to date … All-in-all this is an excellent observing guide, with something for everyone whether you observe with your unaided eyes or you have a 20 inch light bucket. It's both very readable and a proper observing guide suitable for use during an observing session. Highly recommended.' FJAstronomy.com

'… an excellent addition to the collection of deep-sky books and should be on every amateur's bookshelf.' The Observatory

'overall, an interesting and attractive book that will keep most purchasers happy and which may, eventually, become very popular indeed.' Astronomy Now

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Listing over 500 sky targets, this guide will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of Solar System and deep-sky targets contains challenges suitable for the naked eye, binoculars, and backyard telescopes. Each target object has a difficulty rating, a realistic illustration, and a detailed finder chart.

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5.0 out of 5 stars challenges gallour 5 Feb 2014
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if your into having fun with astronomy then this is the book to own.plus there is so much info at the begining. brill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic "Tour de Force" 3 July 2011
By Richard Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Everybody loves a challenge, and stargazers are no exception. With today's huge Dobsonian telescopes and CCD cameras, technology has blurred the boundary lines between amateur and professional observers. Indeed, today's most advanced stargazers are glimpsing objects that their counterparts of a few decades ago had never even heard of ("What the heck is Terzan 7?"). Not everyone owns a giant telescope and Philip Harrington recognizes this in his latest book, "Cosmic Challenge," which provides a wonderful collection of challenges that will test the skills of celestial observers using all levels of instrumentation.

Harrington's book is attractive and very well organized. Following an introductory chapter about equipment and observing tips, he divides his cosmic challenges into categories based on instrument size, from naked-eye and binoculars to telescopes ranging from small to "monster" scopes. Each challenge object includes a difficulty rating. Harrington's finder charts are very useful and his portrayals of the objects themselves are extremely realistic. For example, one of my favorite targets is the Whirlpool Galaxy, and his depiction of this object in the "Medium-scope challenges" chapter is dead-on: two very dim blobs of light with slightly brighter nuclei and the slightest hint of spiral arms. That's exactly how I see it in my 8-inch.

Harrington's challenges, which number over 500 targets, include all types of deep-sky objects. Many of them have been overlooked in other observing guides. He also features double and multiple stars, as well as lunar and planetary observations. Some of the challenges are even suitable for city-dwellers.

"Cosmic Challenge" is the latest in a long line of exceptional books written by Phil Harrington and in my opinion, this work is his "tour de force." I have no doubt that this book will be an indispensible resource for serious observers for decades to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate observing guide! 6 July 2011
By William Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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As a veteran stargazer, I am always looking for something new to view through my telescopes. I thought I had seen it all. But then, along comes Cosmic Challenge by Philip S. Harrington. All of a sudden, it's a brand new universe again.

Cosmic Challenge is a unique blend of both the near and the far. What other single book describes how to see some of the Palomar globular clusters, Abell galaxy clusters, and lunar volcanic domes? None that I know of.

After detailing strategies for finding challenging objects in chapter 1, the author wisely divides the book into 6 chapters based on the size of telescopes. These range from naked eye (chapter 2) to "monster" telescopes 15" and larger (chapter 7). Each chapter is then further divided into the four seasons. Some solar system targets are also included in each chapter. A long appendix in the back of the book offers an additional 100 challenging binary stars.

Each challenge includes a detailed finder chart as well as a sketch made by the author. Unlike so many other observing guides that pepper their pages with photographs taken through telescopes, Harrington's sketches realistically portray what we can expect to actually see. That's what an observing guide should do -- other authors take note!

All in all, Cosmic Challenge is an outstanding book, and one that is singularly unique among all the amateur astronomy books in print today.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Bad Binding 1 July 2011
By J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book, but I had to return it twice to Amazon. Pages 1 thru 18 fell out of both books they sent. Cambridge University Press is a good publisher, but they totally botched the binding of these books this time. I'm very disappointed. I love this book, but should I give it only one star just for the bad binding?

This would be a disservice to Phil Harrington's great effort. Am I reviewing the Seller, the Publisher, or the Author here? I should give it five stars for Phil's excellent work, and call the defects exceptions to the rule for Cambridge University Press. They have the all-time most successful astronomy book ever, in durability and otherwise in my opinion, 'Observing Handbook and Catalog of Deep Sky Objects'. A book that has lasted 20 years without losing a page, I have two copies. I only take one into the field, and it has gotten cold, gotten hot, and gotten wet!

The first 'Cosmic Challenge' book I ordered from Amazon, the section from the black title page to page 18 fell right out. The replacement, the same section came loose and fell out after lying open on the table for about an hour (can't blame QC for that). This was very surprising to me. I find it highly unlikely that I got the only two defective copies out of the whole lot. I hope Amazon investigates and looks into this problem quickly.

ANYWAYYY, this book is highly recommended. It's not only a ready reference for very relevant 'facts and factoids', from the naked-eye to extremely! deep space objects, familiar and not so familiar, but has this 'information-in-one-place' aspect that I find extremely useful. I noticed this when I paged thru it, and when I sat down and read, I found in-depth and authoritative information about some familiar objects that isn't anywhere else, and information on some obscure objects that is presently scattered about and would have to be hunted down and gathered together. This is a big book (almost 500 pages), lots of fun, interesting reading on lots of objects from Pleiades to Palomars. Phil has done an excellent job of choosing which objects to include, their history, why they are a challenge, and how to best meet those challenges to best observe each object.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it greatly 14 Nov 2013
By BigT - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I'm prejudiced. I love Harrington's style. But I think you will like this book. Plenty in it for those of us who have binos and small telescopes and/or are observing (regrettably ) in light polluted urban backyards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 13 Feb 2013
By Eve - Published on Amazon.com
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Cosmic Challenge is not only well written, but also compelling in a way that most 'reference books' are not! His tone, while scholarly (I mean that in a good way!), is also conversational and we highly recommend this book to the teen who is just beginning his or her cosmic journey to the academic!
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