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Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, & Using Telescopes & Accesso- Ries: Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying and Using Telescopes and Accessories [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Philip S. Harrington
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2. Juli 1998
Just as our knowledge of the cosmos has changed, so has astronomy technology. So how does the amateur astronomer make informed choices about buying telescopes. In this second edition of STAR WARE, award-winning astronomy writer Philip S. Harrington helps eliminate the guesswork and guides us through the process with fully updated and expanded chapters on telescopes and accessories.

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Verlag John Wiley & Sons, Inc; Auflage: 2nd (2. Juli 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0471183113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471183112
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 19 x 2,3 cm
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"When it's time to invest in equipment, this is a helpful guide."-Washington Times, August 25, 1998


From complete telescopes to eye pieces to web sites, this text gives amateur astronomers information on buying equipment that matches their needs and budgets. The text includes information on telescope models, accessories, companies, resources and projects for home-made devices.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for all amateur astronomers! 29. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
As an intermediate/advanced amateur astronomer, I purchased Star Ware primarily as a reference tool for optical calculations and starting astrophotography. Well, I wound up reading the book from cover to cover in about two days, and I must say it is a wonderful book for all levels of viewers. It covers everything from selecting equipment and observing sites, to long exposure astrophotography and do-it-yourself projects. The author imparts his knowledge in a no-nonsense way that allows the reader to fully understand the concepts of all topics discussed.
If you are just beginning and have not yet purchased a telescope (or binoculars), or are fairly new to astronomy and looking for additional equipment or accessories, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK FIRST! It will help you to become a very informed consumer, teach you to evaluate your observing site(s), and help determine your overall situation with respect to astronomy. For the price of $19.95, the book could save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in the long-run. Moreover, you will have a great reference to use throughout your observing career.
Whether the reader is interested in planetary work or deep-sky viewing, Star Ware gives great techniques and tips for viewing everything from our own star to the extra-galactic domain. This book helps the beginner to select the proper equipment for starting out, and also guides the more advanced observer in choosing accessories for enhancing equipment performance for specific areas of astronomy. In addition, the book delves into the complex science and art of astrophotography, with helpful suggestions from the author about getting started and basic methods.
A very nice part of this book is the appendix section, detailing out equipment, accessories, manufacturers, etc.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Star Ware unorganized and biased 31. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
This book is not "The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide...". It is incomplete, biased and unorganized. If you are looking for the author's views of select products and companies the author has chosen to include, then perhaps this book has some merit. If you are looking for an objective analysis of products based upon solid research and the reported results of consumer surveys, you will be disappointed. This book fails to measure product pros and cons, even of those featured, in a consistent and intelligible manner. As a result, when trying to select between two or more similar products, you are left comparing apples to oranges. For example, there are product specification tables in the appendices, but there are not feature rating comparison tables. As a result, the book rambles from one product to the next covering and/or omitting features randomly. If you are just beginning in astronomy, it will definitely whet your appetite for what's out there, but that's where it stops. Finally, on pages 107-8, the author mentions that an unnamed company's products were omitted from this edition of this book based upon the author's personal experience with that company. Even more, the reader is actually invited to compare this edition with the previous and figure out what company's products were omitted! The manner chosen to deal with this company and its products aids in making the book even more incomplete and biased, and does not serve serve the astronomy community well. (Note that I am NOT from that company). This is where survey comparables would have been beneficial. Despite a less than favorable experience, the author did get his money refunded. The company should have gotten a "satisfaction" or "performance rating" based upon cumulative data collected from previous customers, and its products included.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is an outstanding resource 2. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I purchased the first addition of this book 3 years ago along with a number of other astronomy titles, as I was just getting started in the hobby. Harrington's book is useful to both the beginner and advanced amature astronomer. He provides detailed and up to date reviews of a wide variety of products available on the market today. He also provides a good deal of information that enables one to focus on the type of equipment that will best meet their needs. I recently purchased this new addition, and found it to be very useful in keeping abreast of what is new in the marketplace. Of all the astronomy books I've purchased, this along with "The Backyard Astronomer" are the most useful.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Starware is a great resource; HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 26. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
The newly released second edition is more up to date than any other telescope book around! The author has re-examined literally hundreds of different telescopes, binoculars, and accessories, using both his own findings as well as those of readers who answered his telescope owner survey.
If you are thinking of buying a telescope or some astro-accessory, or maybe want to get more out of the equipment that you already own, this is the book for you! Even if you own a telescope, you're bound to pick up something new in this book! I learned more from reading Starware than in probably ten other books combined. And even if you own the first edition, the second edition is a MUST!
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I've read 'em all and Star Ware is, without a doubt, the single best book about equipment for the amateur astonomer ever written. The author has clearly done a tremendous amount of research to cover just about every conceivable piece of equipment out there. And, best of all, he discusses pros and cons evenly, without bias, and with a sense of humor that holds the interest of even non-astronomer types.
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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent resource
This is an amzing resource for all amateur astronomers. While it can get a bit overly wordy, this book helps you to understand just about any scope you can but. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2000 von Tristan Schwartz
5.0 von 5 Sternen essential astro gear guide
There are a few books no amateur astronomer should be without. One is Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, which packs more useful information into a smaller package... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2000 von Mark E. Miller
5.0 von 5 Sternen A true money and time saver
I found this book to be excellent. After reading the author's reviews of various telescopes I was able to make an informed decision. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2000 von S. N. Gaines
5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy this book before buying your first scope!
Great book for astronomical hardware. I particularly loved the lot of telescope reviews.
Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2000 von COURTOIS Julien
5.0 von 5 Sternen Getting an opinion
Some reviewer gave this informative book 2 out of 5 stars, because the information wasn't presented in an easy to view graph, unfortunate.
I liked the book for its honesty. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2000 von Ben Casey
5.0 von 5 Sternen Beginners' top resource
Contains all the information you will need to make an educated choice when buying a telescope for the first time. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Januar 2000 von Lucille Kujawa
2.0 von 5 Sternen I was disappointed and expected more in-depth information.
I expected a more comprehensive list of equipment available with some sort of rating system or consumer comments. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative and very readable
I found Starware to be a very readable book chock full of practical information. The information contained in the book will be of great benefit to anyone purchasing equipment or... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. September 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Book Is Good
I would like to say that the book is good. It seems that some companys I will not name out of respect are mentioned more than others. I just feel that the book is written well. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 1999 von Geoffrey Nash
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent guide
I work in a planetarium and I am continually asked questions about telescopes and accessories, especially from people contemplating that all-important first telescope purchase. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 1999 von Dennis J. Cowles (
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