The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, Fourth Edition
Firefly Books, 2021, 416 pp., Hardcover. $49.95. www.fireflybooks.com
This classic, groundbreaking guide has been the go-to field guide for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers for nearly 30 years. The fourth edition brings Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer’s invaluable manual completely up to date. Setting a new standard for astronomy guides, it will serve as the touchstone for the next generation of stargazers as well as longtime devotees. Illustrated throughout with all-new photographs and star charts, this edition boasts a refreshed design and features five brand-new chapters, including three essential essays on binocular, telescope, and Moon tours by renowned astronomy writer Ken Hewitt-White. With new content on naked-eye sky sights, LED lighting technology, WiFi-enabled telescopes, and the latest advances in binoculars, telescopes, and other astronomical gear, this fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide is sure to become an indispensable reference for all levels of stargazers.