The Amateur Astronomer
This is book for amateur astronomers at all levels – from the absolute beginner to those who are more seriously interested and anxious to make a contribution to the subject.
Patrick Moore gives a thorough introduction to astronomy, starting with a fascinating account of the historical background, followed by hints on the selection and maintenance of suitable observing equipment. The reader is then guided through the various objects that can be seen in the night sky, from planets in our solar system to star clusters and distant galaxies. Objects in both hemispheres are described, so that the book can be used by observers anywhere in the world. The text is illustrated throughout and has an extensive appendix of lunar and planetary maps, stat charts and useful astronomical data.