Perhaps the reason you missed the details is because Sky Vistas got an ambivalent review in one of the astronomy magaznes. Very unfortunate and ungenerous review. The reviewer couldn't follow the organization of the book and kept complaining about it. Crossen is an outstanding writer and an extraordinarily knowledgeable and scholarly person and deserved a much better review.
For any magazine to review this incredible work and say such a thing is absurd. It's always easy for critics to find issues with books. How about the overwhelming incredible heart and work Craig Crossen contributes? which far exceeds any idiosyncrasies. I got a comment for magazines. How about some in-dept information about objects instead of these boring and endless visual descriptions everyone has heard again and again and again and again a gazillion times over.
Bill still hasn't forgiven me for my review. Fortunately, Craig has. One of my best experiences at S&T was editing his recent superb recent series of articles on the Milky Way.
I have always had extremely high regard for Craig Crossen, starting with his wonderful book Binocular Astronomy. And for that matter, I also have extremely high regard for his co-author Gerald Rhemann, one of the finest astrophotographers working today. And as I noted in my review, the book at its best is truly superb.
However, I also still think that Sky Vistas has some serious flaws; I don't retract anything I said then. But if I were to write the review today, it would place the emphasis differently and also, perhaps, be somewhat more tactful.
Edited by Tony Flanders, 12 May 2015 - 05:21 PM.