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    Hello fellow astronomical bibliophiles! I just posted my review of Phil Harrington's Cosmic Challenge, The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs in my blog. After recent changes on the site I notice that I can no longer attach images, thus there is no image of the book's cover in the article. So I have provided a link here for Phil's site page for the book so you know what it looks like. If/when I get that capability back, I will post an image in the article per usual. Thanks for reading.

    http://www.philharrington.net/cc01.htm


    Anyway, here is the link for the review, and I hope you enjoy my take on this uniquely well written field guide.

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    Default Re: Cosmic Challenge, The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs - a personal observati

    Thank you Alan!

    It is certainly a very nice companion, like the older Phil Harrington's TUBA for the binocular observers.

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    Default Re: Cosmic Challenge, The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs - a personal observati

    Thanks Alan!
    How could you do that to me? You know how hard it is for me to resist a good field guide......

    The second edition of Harrington's Star Ware was my reference for choosing the first scope.
    Though outdated in some respects it will always hold a place of honor in the collection.

    Appreciate the review and insights on Cosmic Challenge - don't suppose there was a chapter on how to see through
    the nameless ones? (my biggest challenge at present)
    Moving on.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Thank you Alan!

    It is certainly a very nice companion, like the older Phil Harrington's TUBA for the binocular observers.

    Best,

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    Thank you JG. Phil has contributed extensively to the learning and enjoyment of astronomy for a large number of observers. This book is just another fine example of his efforts on the behalf of the amateur astronomer community.

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    Thanks Alan!
    How could you do that to me? You know how hard it is for me to resist a good field guide......

    The second edition of Harrington's Star Ware was my reference for choosing the first scope.
    Though outdated in some respects it will always hold a place of honor in the collection.

    Appreciate the review and insights on Cosmic Challenge - don't suppose there was a chapter on how to see through
    the nameless ones? (my biggest challenge at present)
    Thank you Steve. Well to be honest, I really am not baiting you to open your wallet. Unfortunately there is no chapter about piercing the clouds. And yes, I will invoke their name. In fact I spite in their eye every chance I get! Over the decades they have hosed me up so many times and in so many ways that I feel there is little else they can do to me at this point!
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    Thank you JG. Phil has contributed extensively to the learning and enjoyment of astronomy for a large number of observers. This book is just another fine example of his efforts on the behalf of the amateur astronomer community.



    Thank you Steve. Well to be honest, I really am not baiting you to open your wallet. Unfortunately there is no chapter about piercing the clouds. And yes, I will invoke their name. In fact I spite in their eye every chance I get! Over the decades they have hosed me up so many times and in so many ways that I feel there is little else they can do to me at this point!
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    Sounds like my kind of book. I may have to pick this one up!

    I've never been one to shy away from an astronomical challenge. I enjoy getting down in the weeds and redlining the scope!
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    Thank you for your thoughts on this new book, I will have to keep this one in mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by dagadget View Post
    You need to get one of these for Cloud elimination. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOfOYyucjhA
    Thanks David. Well from what I saw it was good to make people scatter. But produced a lot of smoke, which I think folks out west have enough of presently!

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Sounds like my kind of book. I may have to pick this one up!

    I've never been one to shy away from an astronomical challenge. I enjoy getting down in the weeds and redlining the scope!
    Thanks Bryan, and yeah, its up your alley. There are some real hardcore challenges in there to be sure, so you would enjoy it.

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    Thank you for your thoughts on this new book, I will have to keep this one in mind
    You are quite welcome and thank you Gabrielle. I am always happy to highlight a good book for those that still appreciate them.
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    Thank you Alan. I enjoyed your well written review of the book. Don't be surprised if it ends up on my bookshelf.
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    Thank you Alan. I enjoyed your well written review of the book. Don't be surprised if it ends up on my bookshelf.
    Thank you Rick. If it does, I hope you enjoy it and put it to good use.
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