Astronomy 'How To' Books
Here are a few books that are VERY helpful for learning about how to observe the night sky. They are great for anyone who is starting the hobby! They are also an excellent resource for people that have been observing for awhile!
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about backyard astronomy. Gives great advice that is needed before buying a telescope! It also has excellent information on how to best use your telescope!
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas This is a great resource to have when looking at the night sky. It is a lot more detailed than other star charts you will find online!
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Amazon.com Review "The third edition of Nightwatch continues its tradition of being the best handbook for the beginning astronomer. Terence Dickinson covers all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern city-dweller expects. He discusses light pollution, how to choose binoculars and telescopes, how to pronounce the names of stars and constellations, telescope mounts, averted vision, and why the harvest moon looks especially bright. Most of the lovely photographs in the book were taken by amateurs, which gives the section on astrophotography a particularly inspirational gleam."