As a complete newcomer to the field of astronomy I was baffled as to where to actually begin. So I bought a telescope .... a good start, but what to do next? I happened upon this book and it has opened up a whole new world or worlds for me!!
The first part of this book deals with monthly charts and astronomical phenomena. We get detailed star charts for both hemispheres, a chapter on the planets and the ecliptic, the phases of the moon are detailed and the longitudes of the sun, moon and planets are given. The most notable events are listed and followed by a month by month planner of more events. Also covered in fine detail are: Eclipses, occultations, comets, minor planets, meteors and some events for 2012. An interesting year ahead by all accounts.
Part two is the article section and it certainly doesn't disappoint with eight fine articles specially commissioned by some of the worlds leading astronomers. It will hold the attention of even the most fidgety readers!! My personal favourite was: "Water ice on the moon" by David M. Harland.
The final section contains a collection of miscellaneous articles on subjects such as: Interesting variable stars, Mira star: Maxima 2011, interesting double stars, interesting Nebulae, Clusters and Galaxies and the usual roundup of societies and contributors.
I found this book extremely helpful, informative yet concise and a great aid in helping me sound like I know what I'm talking about!! A must have for the serious astronomer and invaluable for the bluffer.