Backyard Astronomy by Alan MacRobert. These are monthly articles from the pages of Sky & Telescope magazine, which were published in ~12 installments. Later it was published as a book: Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers. I still love these two books, which are very good for a beginner to get feet wet.
Alan MacRobert's book teaches astronomy the old-fashioned way. He stresses on "Read, read, read!" “Astronomy is a learning hobby … self-education is something you do yourself, with books, using the library.” "Learn the sky with the naked eye. Learn the starry names and patterns overhead.” He also says don’t rush to buy a telescope.
I love that book! It's a crime that it was allowed to go out of print. I bugged MacRobert for several years about a sequel, but he said it had just dropped off the radar and probably wouldn't be happening. So I made copies of all the "Backyard Astronomy" columns that weren't in the book, and made my own sequel. I still miss his column, which was the first thing I'd turn to when S&T would come. They've never really equaled it, IMO.
Edited by Rick Woods, 01 June 2016 - 08:24 PM.