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 8.   The Homemade Astronomer


Topics covered On-line Bonus Material Recommended reading


Topics covered

  1. A Swinging Chart Table by Craig Colvin

  2. Lazy Laser Collimator Collimator by Craig Stark

  3. "Tom's Chair" (observing chair) by Ron Boe

  4. LYBAR Chair by Craig Stark

  5. A Fine-adjustment Focuser Handle by Florian Boyd

  6. A Dew Heater for Unity Finders by Jack Kellythorne

  7. Vibration Suppression Pads by Jim Dixon

  8. A Simple Accessory Tray by Phil Harrington

  9. An Equatorial Table by Ed Hitchcock

  10. Star Watcher Observatory by Phil Harrington

On-line Bonus Material

Recommended reading


    Web sites

  • Amateur Astronomical Observatories

    • A long list of backyard observatories compiled by Bill Arnett.

  • ATM links

    • Exhaustive list of links to just about every facet of amateur telescope making, including  complete telescopes, finders, and a multitude of accessories.  Site maintained by the STAR Astronomy Club in New Jersey.

  • "Scotch Mount" Camera-Tracking Platform

    • Complete plans from Star Ware's first edition.

  • Stellafane Home Page

    • Birthplace of amateur telescope making, host of the annual Stellafane convention, and a great place to find project made by amateur astronomers.