FROM THE REVIEWS:
IRISH ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL
"If the amateur astronomer were to follow this yearly observing progression they would surely build up a good knowledge of the basic objects of interest, throughout the year, and, in addition, would enjoy a well-written explanation of concepts necessary for a full enjoyment of the night sky…Overall the book admirably achieves three purposes; providing a basic year-long introduction to practical observing, presenting a good fireside read and acting as a good source of reference. It should seriously be considered by amateur astronomers embarking on their first observing adventure.”
"The book is beautifully written and bubbles with enthusiasm. Moore is a superb personal tutor, and will convert a complete novice to skilled amateur astronomer within 12 months.”
REVIEWS OF ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS
"This volume is an interesting reading book to last for a few years for people with some interest in astronomy and things happening in the sky, but not knowing too much on the hard background of astronomy.”
ASTRONOMY & SPACE
"Well, Patrick Moore has done it again. What an excellent book this is. I was waiting for someone to write a book on observing the night sky for every night of the year and at last someone did just that…This is a book that I would not hesitate to tell everybody to buy it if they have any sort of interest in astronomy.”
"…this book is a little treasure trove of astronomical trivia, as well as being an entertaining read…it is a book that every amateur astronomer will find captivating to delve into.”
From the reviews of the second edition:
"If you are attracted by the beauty of the night sky and would like to identify stars and planets or witness astronomic events, this book will help you … . The book contains numerous tables of the stars and their characteristics in the main constellations … . There are also many drawings … that will help the observer to locate the constellations in the night sky. … it may find a useful place on the bookshelves of any family or … any amateur astronomy club." (Fernande Grandjean and Gary J. Long, Physicalia, Vol. 28 (4-6), 2006)
From the Back Cover
Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series
THE OBSERVER’S YEAR SECOND EDITION
There are 365 nights in every year (366 in a leap year!) and from an amateur astronomer’s point of view, no two are alike.
And that is why Sir Patrick Moore – the world’s most widely known and respected TV broadcaster and writer on astronomy – has produced this unique book to highlight special objects of interest on each and every night of the year. Using easy-to-follow star maps, he talks about the science and history of stars, double stars, galaxies, nebulae, the Moon, planets, constellations and even asteroids.
This second edition has been fully updated for astronomical events through until the year 2010.
What they said about the first edition
"...beautifully written and bubbles with enthusiasm."
ASTRONOMY & SPACE
"Well, Patrick Moore has done it again. What an excellent book this is."