Volume 1 of Night Sky Observers Guide Covers the constellations of:
Andromeda, Aquarius, Aries, Auriga,Camelopardalis, Cancer, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Cetus, Columba, Eridanus, Fornax, Gemini, Lacerta, Lepus, Lynx, Monoceros, Orion, Pegasus, Perseus, Pisces, Piscis Austrinus, Puppis, Pyxis, Sculptor, Taurus, and Triangulum.
This is the first volume of an incredible deep sky reference work for amateurs.
First of all, the introduction written by Craig Crossen (noted astronomer and author) is the finest overview of basic layman’s astronomy theory and observing conventions that I have run across.
The rest of the book consists of sketches or photographs and descriptions of hundreds of deep sky objects in all constellations visible from mid-northern latitudes during the Fall and Winter seasons. The second book covers Spring and Summer.
Objects are described as to how they appear with telescopes of different apertures. The majority of objects are for large scope owners, e.g. 12″+, but the brighter objects like Messier are even described for 4″ scopes.
Note: The third edition of the Observer’s Guide is now available. This covers southern constellations all the way to the south celestial pole making Night Sky Observer’s series the most comprehensive observing guide available.