I recently had the opportunity to read an amazing book, The Stargazers Guide to The Night Sky. This book is written by Dr. Jason Lisle, an astronomer that I have actually met a few times. I've read all of Dr. Lisle's books, and this is a beautiful addition to the collection! Over 200 pages of full color photos, helpful information, and charts of the night sky.
Dr. Lisle starts out with basic "Motions in the Sky"; that is, how objects in the sky move. From here, we move on to more advanced movements, astronomy with an unaided eye, celestial events, and information about various telescopes, star classification, and some more details about the sun, moon and planets. Basically, if you're a complete beginner, you'll walk away from this book with a good knowledge of the night sky, and how best to enjoy it's beauty. On the other hand, if you're an experienced astronomer, you will still enjoy the information, details, and gorgeous pictures!
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, but I did find the chapter on Deep Sky objects especially interesting. Learning about and seeing pictures of star clusters that are so far away is absolutely fascinating!
Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky would make a perfect book for homeschoolers, budding or experienced astronomers, or anyone who just wants to learn more about the night sky. You can purchase the book online from New Leaf Publishing Group!