I have been an avid followed of Stephen's works, be in his books (I have his entire Deep Sky Companions Series Hardcover Books and have read them from front to back numerous times), or his articles in Astronomy magazine, and have even communicated with him via e mail. My love affair with his books began with his first tome, The Messier Objects. Much like me, Stephen is a visual observer and spends an inordinate number of hours at the eyepiece perfecting his craft, learning new tricks to bring objects out with breathing techniques (which he discusses in his books) and using different magnifications to capture "the mind's eye" view of deep sky objects. He also happen's to cap his scope size to 4", using the TV Genesis in the first few books, and then in the last two (this included) a 5" TV Refractor, so what he sees is perfectly visible in small'ish amateur scopes (bear in mind Stephen has a very trained eye, and observes from one of the darkest sky sites in the world in Hawaii). He also goes in depth and gives a historical overview of the objects, compiles the latest astrophysical information about the objects, as well as giving us his whimsical take on how the objects look through the eyepiece (which makes excellent reading on cloudy nights!!!!!). His latest work is no different in that aspect. I have even taken to giving nicknames to some of the object as Stephen did! My only gripe about his latest work is that some of these "Southern Gems" have already been covered in detail in his other book, the Caldwell Objects. Those objects share the same sketch and an updated version of the text. So I would definately recommend this book, but maybe in an electronic version (as I did..I purchased the electronic version instead of the print version).