"Scanning the planets is an enjoyable visual experience, often a moving one for
the newcomer. Helpfully, the 'wanderers' are readily observable for all amateurs,
regardless of instrumentation or location. Becoming an expert scrutineer, though,
of one particular planet used to require a book specializing in that body.
Not any more.
This present book encompasses all the planets but in doing so does
not sacrifice observational detail. All but the most intense observer will be
satisfied with the planetary chapters, which form two-thirds of the very
The last third covers planetary photography and shows the book-title's prefix
'Introductions . . .' is unnecessarily modest. This section is remarkable in
being both particular and comprehensive, a result of Donald Parker's skill and
experience — his astonishing photographs are scattered throughout the book.
In entirety, this is an absorbing read as well as being an excellent reference
and instructional text."