A Practical Guide to Astronomy
'The Southern Sky' has been written to guide you through the night sky and introduce you to the pleasures of amateur astronomy. With chapters about naked-eye observing, binoculars and the selection and use of small telescopes, this book provides all the information needed to make a start in amateur astronomy. Unlike many works from overseas, 'The Southern Sky' is specially written for observers in the southern hemisphere, where differences in the night sky and the setting up of telescopes make most northern hemisphere books useless.
'The Southern Sky' will guide you through most of the techniques used by amateur astronomers in their observations to make the most of your instrument. An important part of the book is the selection of over a hundred objects which can be seen with just a sixty millimetre telescope. These objects represent the best that the southern sky has to offer. There are galaxies, nebulae, double and multiple stars, enough to keep an observer busy for many evenings. Each object has a finder chart to locate it and many are accompanied by photographs.