The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy
Chris De Pree and Alan Axelrod present a comprehensive tour of the
universe. Readers will enjoy the historical approach, starting with the
ancients, moving on to Copernicus and Galileo, and ending in the modern
era with Neil Armstrong and others.
This book provides an excellent guide not only for first-time observers, but also for experienced amateur astronomers.
Astronomical techniques, the solar system, stars, and the distant universe are described in a concise but thorough manner.
The simple physical concepts underlying these phenomena are presented as they are required.