As years go by, every hobby develops one or two books that are considered the must have addition to a hobbbyist’s library and for backyard astronomers NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe is that book. Used by thousands of people all over the world, this book has been a guidebook into the heavens and a primer on the fascinating subject of astronomy.
Many people entering the hobby think that they need to have a big, expensive telescope to enjoy stargazing. While a large telescope opens up your viewing options, the best telescope is the one that you will actually use and what could be easier to use (or transport) than a pair of binoculars? Many binoculars reviewed on this site have power comparable to an actual telescope, have a wider field of view than a telescope, and are much easier to carry in and out of the house. A good set of binoculars in combination with NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe will keep you entertained and informed for many nights to come.
The hardest thing to do for newcomers is to find the stars they know and to find new stars or objects they have heard about. NightWatch takes care of all that by providing star charts and easy to use methods for getting your binoculars pointed in the right direction. There are dozens of beautiful and interesting objects to be seen in the sky with your binoculars and NightWatch will help make finding them a lot easier.
Not only does NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe show you how to find things in the sky, it helps you understand them as well. You’ll learn interesting facts and how to pronounce the names of difficult objects. You’ll learn why the harvest moon is so bright and how to choose your next telescope or binoculars. For a new amateur astronomer, NightWatch is a must have guide to the skies.
Sometimes when we review a product, even if we love it, we try to go out and find an opposing opinion to give a sense of balance to our readers. However the worst thing we could find someone saying about this book is that it is a little simple if you are already an expert astronomer.
Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing The Universe would make a great gift for a young person just not beginning to explore the wonders of astronomy or for someone who just bought new binoculars and are eager to get the most out of them.