In this book, the author shows how to observe the Solar System's wonders with ease, using nothing more than the unaided eye and inexpensive handheld binoculars. It presents a new way to identify and appreciate the wonders of the Solar System in detail, such as lunar and solar eclipses, sunspots, the Moon's craters, the planets, meteors and comets.
Preface; 1. The Sun: the angel of light; 2. The Moon: the lovely dead; 3. Solar eclipses; 4. The planets: worlds of wonder; 5. Comets: divine elegance; 6. Meteors: when the Heavens weep; Appendices; Index.
Stephen James O'Meara has spent much of his career on the editorial staff of Sky & Telescope, and is a columnist and contributing editor for Astronomy magazine.
'... written by an outstanding observer, [this book] can only be greatly recommended to all who ask themselves, for instance, how to observe easily and without ambiguities some marvels of the solar system.' Ciel et Terre 'Don't consider the low page count: this is a large-format book that is excellent value and I would recommend this book to all beginning observers.' David Arditti, Astronomy Now 'Stephen James O'Meara's book ... is testament to one man's affliction with the shapes and colours that continually transcend the velvet backdrop of space. Through his passion, the book draws the reader into an ever changing, lively night time display.' Mark Mortimer, Universe Today