Cosmic Challenge: The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs

Cosmic Challenge: The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs

by Philip S. Harrington


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Cosmic Challenge: The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs by Philip S. Harrington

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521899369
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Philip S. Harrington is the author of eight previous books for the amateur astronomer, including Touring the Universe through Binoculars, Star Ware, and Star Watch. He is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has authored the magazine's monthly 'Binocular Universe' column and 'Phil Harrington's Challenge Objects', a quarterly online column on He is an Adjunct Professor at Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy.

Table of Contents

1. Meeting the challenge; 2. Naked eye challenges; 3. Binocular challenges; 4. Small scope challenges: giant binoculars, 3- to 5-inch telescopes; 5. Medium scope challenges: 6- to 9.25-inch telescopes; 6. Large scope challenges: 10- to 14-inch telescopes; 7. Monster scope challenges: 15-inch and larger telescopes; Appendices.

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