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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders,
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I bought this for myself in time for my birthday. Glad that I did!
The book is well laid out with two introductory chapters, the first on Deep Space Objects and the second on Astronomical equipment.
Then it has a guide to 50 constellations that can be seen in the northern hemisphere with complete description, history, what can be found there [nebulae, clusters, galaxies and multiple [binary] stars etc.] along with detailed maps [sometimes of the whole constellation, or sections of] and black/white photos as it actually looks. Descriptions of what can be seen with the naked eye/binocular/telescope are also given.
The book is designed for the amateur and student/teacher in mind, as well as being useful for the more advanced astronomer.
It is also designed to be a field guide and can be used with a red torch.
I would suggest to get the book protected with a cover/binder as it will get used often!