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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (18 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471750638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471750635
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 accessories including 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2002
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We decided to buy a telescope, and the advice we found on makes/types etc... in this book was invaluable. Unlike a lot of magazines and other books they cover a whole host of manufacturers - not just USA. It gives advice, comparisons, good+bad features between telescopes, eyeieces, filters and everything related to astronomy. As well as the information in the chapters on each element of astonomy, there are appendices for different price ranges and manufacturers, together with basic information on each. I'd recommend it as an essential purchase for anyone starting out in astronomy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Horner VINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2004
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I’m in a position to buy a new telescope having discovered over the last five years what a great hobby doorstep astronomy is, and there’s a little nagging voice in my brain telling me I’m making the wrong choice of scope. I saw this book on Amazon and decided to take the plunge. It’s a mine of information covering everything you ever wanted to know about telescopes (and binoculars!) and a host of accessories. Funnily I even found the historical section very interesting (not my thing normally) and the way scopes and eyepieces have developed was good background stuff. The sheer size of the book frightened me at first – over 400 pages – but I soon realised that it was divided into sections like a good reference manual and I didn’t need to read it from cover to cover. After two or three nights of quiet study I’ve made the decision (and I know it’s the right one!). I particularly liked the detail on eyepieces which tends to be neglected by many publications, but is as important as the scope itself, and I also read that the scope I’ve been using up to now is poor quality (I could have told him that). I’d recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of buying a telescope and wavering a bit – it’s surely worth spending a few quid up front to make sure you don’t spend hundreds on the wrong thing. If I had any complaints about the book it would be that there are some price ranges quoted – dollars are no good to us UK citizens because the pricing structure is different, and these sort of things can quickly become incorrect. However, overall I found it to be an excellent publication, doing exactly what it set out to do. It will now join my library of astronomy publications and I’m sure I’ll use it when I change scopes again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Aug. 2013
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I've been an amateur astronomer for few good years. I read too many books on the subject, but I always had special love for the field of astro equipment. I came across this book by accident, decided to try a copy. Since I wasn't sure I ordered the slightly older 'third edition' second hand for a cheap price.

I swallow my word, this is by far one of the best books on the subject out there. It's very detailed on everything you want to know about astro equipment. It takes you from the basic concepts to more sophisticated gear and how they work. It also lists the common astro manufacturer and their products - in details.

This books has a lot to offer whether you're after your first scope or even being an advanced amateur astronomer. You won't regret it. As a matter of fact, there are bunch of tips with 'Oops, all this time and I took it for granted' sort of thing :)

Notice, there's a chapter at the end of the book on DIY astronomy. I found this section particularly useful -- and it'll save you some money.

Have a look at my video review (just browsing really to give you a feeling of the product)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Burmeister on 14 July 2012
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This is the first book I've found that does more than give the most general, off-the-cuff guidance about equipment for astronomy.

I don't really know what else is out there, but I found it so useful that when I saw an older copy at the local Astronomy Society I looked through it with interest and determined within a few minutes that I'd buy a copy.

There's more in here than can be quickly digested and you'd need a great deal of knowledge experience to comment critically on it - but it's readily apparent that preparing and updating this piece of work is an undertaking of substantial labour and expense.

It's written in good plain English and contains lots of inset paragraphs with specific buyer guidance about various features of telescope and accessory design, to alert readers to misleading advertising and overhyped products.

There are also clear diagrams, descriptions and advantage/disadvantage tables on the main telescope designs in use.

I've never seen anything this good, and it was a huge help in making my first astro buying decision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Matthews on 5 Nov. 2013
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Although slightly out of date I have found this book highly helpful as newcomer to Astronomy I learned of this book through Backyard Astronomy Guide and I would recommend both these books as a must for any newcomer to Astronomy. BOTH BOOKS ARE BRILLIANT. Re the price of STARWARE Amazon price is by far the best.
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