Reviews for Deep-Sky Wonders : A Tour of the Universe With Sky & Telescope's Sue French

Book News Reviews
French, a columnist for Star & Telescope magazine and former planetarium educator, presents a well-illustrated tour of deep-sky attractions, organized by season and month. She conveys her enthusiasm for viewing planetary nebulae, constellations, stars, the Milky Way, and galaxies beyond our home one that she lucidly describes. The volume includes star maps and information on using them, scientific and historical background, telescope use tips, data summary tables, art illustrations, and resources. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Library Journal Express Reviews
The second collection of previously published pieces by French (columnist, Sky and Telescope; Celestial Sampler), this book presents a selection from her eponymous column in the well-known monthly magazine for amateur astronomers and enthusiasts. The book is organized by the seasons and further divided by months. Every chapter describes a number of view-worthy objects (galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, multiple stars) in a small segment of the sky visible to Northern Hemisphere observers. In addition, each chapter includes several photographs, a descriptive list of the objects in question, and a detailed, annotated map of the sky segment. Near the back of the volume there is a set of 12 "all-sky" maps, one for each month, that show the constellations as they appear to observers in the mid-northern latitudes. Verdict A very good guide by an experienced observer and planetarium teacher. Although the book can be used as a reference for beginners, its primary audience is likely to be midlevel and advanced observers. Recommended for all readers who want to take a look at the night sky.-Jack W. Weigel, Ann Arbor, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.