The night sky's perpetually fascinating for anyone choosing to simply look up and observe it, but with so much to see it can be difficult knowing where to begin. The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy & How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders by Fred Schaaf will help. Schaaf introduces you to his 50 best sights in astronomy, and tells you exactly how to see them. In short order, you'll learn how to find and appreciate the Orion group of constellations, the Summer Triangle, Venus/Jupiter/Mars, the best meteor showers, man-made satellites, star clusters, and more.
Schaaf presents the sights according to the field of view necessary to observe them; the first part of the book describes those things for which you'll only need your eyes, and the last part describes things where a telescope is necessary. With concise descriptions and explanations of the visual wonders, your appreciation will deepen and your urge to explore will be enlightened. There's also some basic information on astronomical observation, such as observing conditions, techniques, choosing telescopes, and making astronomical measurements.
- Fred Schaaf has authored several astronomy books, and has two long-running features in Sky & Telescope magazine