The Practical Astronomer
A complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky, this book takes you from the basics of stargazing to the skills you need to become an accomplished amateur astronomer. This beginner's guide explains and demystifies the night sky, teaching you to recognize and identify its features, from constellations to comets. Practical advise begins with naked-eye observation. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions the explain how to set up and use binoculars and telescopes, and how to take your own pictures of the night sky. Clear star charts show the major constellations and help you navigate between them. A detailed atlas shows the night sky month by month as it appears around the world.