As a newbie to double/multiple star observing I found this a helpful book. The first section goes into the science of double stars such as what they are, how they vary, and how they are detected. This was mostly enlightening, although I got lost a bit when the details of modern detection methods were covered. The second section suggests observing projects. There are two useful lists which I suspect will be the primary reason why people will continue to use the book after a first reading. The first list gives details of the best easily observed and prettiest double/multiples that can be seen with a small telescope. The positions, spectral classes, separations and magnitudes are given by constellation, along with one-liner brief comments on each. I find this sufficient to tell whether I will be likely to observe them an any given night. Most of these are fairly easy to find, although due to the absence of any maps in the book, you will need to purchase a star atlas to go find them. I think the book could have been enhanced by a star chart or two marking the stars on the recommended list. The larger list in the appendix gives less information on each star, and is ordered by ascension rather than constellation; useable but perhaps less so for the amateur. The annoying thing about this list for me is that many of the stars on this list have magnitudes fainter than 6.5, hence do not appear on my Cambridge star atlas. Perhaps this suggests I should get a larger atlas. I have one or two other quibbles......sometimes stars on the lists are on the Cambridge star atlas but are not labelled (thet's when the position coordinates need to be used), or are labelled with another name (one I encountered early on is eta monoceros, which is labelled as "8" monoceros in the Cambridge atlas). I found it annoying that although the initial letters of spectral classes are explained, the subsequent numbers are not. So we are given information that cannot be interpretted without another book. I found it important to take the book into the field with me so I could refer to it outside, but it's not actually very easy to use outside; the cover tends to curl with dew, and it doesn't have a ring spine so has to be shut every time it's used, which can get fiddly. Finally, I was begging for some more illustrations. To give the author credit, he probably does his best here, and there are some photos and sketches of a number of systems, but I really would have liked a series of drawings to accompany each of the stars on the lists. Having said that, it is exciting to put the eye to the scope each time not quite knowing what one will see. So, in all, a decent small book with some qualifications for those intending to buy.