Product Review (submitted on February 2, 2010):
I've been giving away copies of this book to people just getting interested in Astronomy since the 70's. It was two or three bucks then, but even at eight bucks, it's an incredible bargain. In my opinion, it is the best intro to astronomy "text" around, at any price--the ideal companion to any first telescope, or pair of binoculars. This book is the perfect "gateway book" for future skygazers, It stands fine on its own merits, but more importantly, it can also provide you enough of an introduction to astronomy to give you the vocabulary and familiarity you need to access the wealth of information on amateur astronomy that is available now on the Internet. Pretty amazing, since it predates the Internet by almost 20 years!