Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars


Star Ware

Chapter 2.   In the Beginning

Topics covered On-line Bonus Material Recommended reading

Topics covered

     History of the:

  • Refracting telescope

  • Binoculars

  • Reflecting telescope

    • Gregorian reflector

    • Newtonian reflector

    • Cassegrain reflector

      • Dall-Kircham

      • Ritchey-Chretien

  • Catadioptric telescope

    • Schmidt

    • Schmidt-Cassegrain

    • Maksutov

On-line Bonus Material

Recommended reading


    Web sites

  • Antique Telescope Society

    • The authoritative body for information on yesteryear's telescopes.

  • History of the Telescope and Binoculars

    • A massive collection of articles, postings, and other snip-its on the history of astronomical instruments.

  • Cave reflectors

    • A site dedicated to Cave telescopes from the 1960's and early 1970's.  Many still consider that these were among the finest Newtonians ever made for amateurs.

  • The Criterion DYNASCOPE Group

    • "A non-profit affiliation of enthusiasts devoted to remembering, restoring, and recommissioning these classic Newtonian telescopes."