Deep Sky Wonders:
A Tour of the Universe with Sky & Telescope’s Sue French
Firefly Books, 2020, 320 pp., Paperback. $29.95. www.fireflybooks.com
Sue French writes the popular column “Deep-Sky Wonders” for Sky & Telescope magazine and teaches deep-sky observation. This book is a collection of 100 of French’s best “Deep-Sky Wonders” columns originally published in Sky & Telescope, which has a monthly readership exceeding 100,000. The book is organized by season and subdivided into months for a total of 100 indepth tours of the deep sky. Each tour illuminates little-known seasonal wonders that lie off the beaten path. The book features full-color photographs and detailed sketches of each deep sky tour, historical and scientific background of particular interest, a tabular listing of the deep-sky sites, color charts showing the position of each target in the night sky, and more. Deep-Sky Wonders also features a variety of challenging objects that encourage observers to test the limits of their equipment and skills. This book is suitable for beginner and intermediate small-scope astronomers as well as large-scope viewers and astrophotographers. It is also an outstanding introduction to deep-sky viewing for novice observers.