"Observing the Solar System" is a fairly complete (a relative term when discussing the Solar System) guide for an amateur astronomer to start viewing the night sky. It has a strong focus on planets and comets, and not as much attention to galaxies and some of the Messier objects. There are twelve chapters:
1. Earth and Sky - half is about basic geology of the Earth and the other half discusses meteors.
2. Moon and planet observer's hardware - this whole chapter is about what type of telescope setup you need for observing the moon and planets.
3. The Solar System framed - discusses CCD cameras for amateur astrophotography
4. Stacking up the Solar System - this whole chapter is about "focus stacking" with astrophotography to get better images.
5. Our Moon - This is one of the better chapters of the book and is very comprehensive for an amateur lunar observer. It discusses lunar characteristics and what you can expect when viewing the moon. I found some very useful info in it that I didn't already know.
6. Mercury and Venus - You're not going to see much in a telescope when observing these two planets due to their size and apparent magnitude, but it discusses their orbits and phases and has some interesting info on transits.
7. Mars - a decent chapter on observing through a telescope, and with the naked eye, as well as the orbit of Mars and its moons.
8. Jupiter - One of the better chapters of the book and that I've found in an amateur astronomer's guide, with information on observing the planet and its moons.
9. Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune - Half about Saturn and its moons, and half about Uranus and Neptune.
10. Small Worlds - Asteroids, Pluto, binocular observing, asteroid photography, and photometry (which I feel is a bit dry and could have been left out).
11. Comets - 1/3 discusses comet behavior, and the rest is about comet photography and photometry.
12. Our daytime star - solar characteristics, tips for safe solar viewing without setting your eyeballs on fire, and sunspots.