In full colour throughout, the seventh edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is fully revised and updated for planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2011. The book contains a chapter on the main sights visible in each month of the year, and is an easy-to-use companion to the night sky. It will help you to identify prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, to watch out for meteor showers, and to follow the movement of the four brightest planets. Most of the sights described are visible to the naked eye and all can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope. The Monthly Sky Guide offers a clear and simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere for beginners of all ages.
Ian Ridpath is an astronomy writer and broadcaster, who is also editor of Norton's Star Atlas and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy.
'Wil Tirion's charts are justly famous. With Ian Ridpath's words, the combination is hard to beat.' Popular Astronomy
'For those who want to learn about the constellations and bright stars, this book is all that they'll need.' Astronomy Now
'... charts big and detailed enough to be used easily ...' Sky Publishing Corporation
'What adds greatly to the value of the Guide is the obvious enthusiasm of the authors and their ability to convey it.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
'I have not seen a better first guide to amateur astronomy.' Malcolm Gough, The Observatory
'It is an excellent practical introduction to finding one's way around the sky; ... I can recommend this book very strongly.' Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory
'This popular guide, the product of collaboration between a writer and a cartographer, is now so well known that just a short review of the latest (7th) edition will suffice. Now updated through to 2011, the monthly sky maps (as well as focussing upon selected seasonal constellations) have been improved by the addition of star colours, while the outline of the Milky Way has been represented more realistically than before. The stellar magnitude steps are now more refined, with increments of 0.5 mag. ... The planetary and eclipse notes, again arranged month by month, will help even the deskbound astronomer to avoid missing any important event. ... The Monthly Sky Guide is highly recommended, and remains good value for money.' The Observatory
'... The Monthly Sky Guide ... remains one of the best introductions to the night sky of the northern hemisphere. There is a lot of quality in this small book from Wil Tiron's famous charts to Ian Ridpath's excellent narrative - altogether a great combination at work. If you had to rely on one book to get you through your observation year then the Monthly Sky Guide would serve you very well indeed.' Astronomy & Space