Deep-Sky Wonders: A Tour of the Universe with Sky and Telescope's Sue French
"The quality of the deep-sky images is outstanding-a tribute to the various photographers as well as the book's printer. But it's the written word that will make or break a book like this, and Sue's writing is superb... [For] an occasional stargazer, a serious observer, or anyone in between, you won't go wrong with Deep-Sky Wonders. This is a great introduction to deep-sky stargazing for novice and experienced amateur astronomers alike." -Mercury, publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Sue French writes the popular column "Deep-Sky Wonders" for Sky and Telescope magazine and also teaches deep sky observation. She has earned a loyal following among enthusiasts and is welcomed by beginners for her skill at presenting astronomy in an understandable way. After selling 10,000 copies of Deep Sky Wonders in hardback, this paperback edition comes at an accessible price.
Deep-Sky Wonders is a collection of 100 of French's best "Deep-Sky Wonders" columns originally published in Sky & Telescope. The book is organized by season and subdivided into months for a total of 100 indepth tours of the deep sky. Each deep sky tour illuminates little-known seasonal wonders that lie off the beaten path.
Features include: Full-colour photographs and detailed sketches of each deep sky tour; Descriptions of double and variable stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and exotics; Historical and scientific background of particular interest; A tabular listing of the deep-sky sights; Colour charts showing the position of each target in the night sky; An index to all of the deep-sky objects covered.
Deep-Sky Wonders also features a variety of challenging objects that encourage observers to test the limits of their equipment and skills. Suitable for beginner and intermediate small-scope astronomers as well as large-scope viewers and astrophotographers, this book will be greeted enthusiastically by all astronomers. It is also an outstanding introduction to deep-sky viewing for novice observers.