Astronomy may be the only major field of science remaining in which amateurs can still make important discoveries. These two excellent books aid the process. Fjermedal's is tailored to all budding amateur astronomers who want to go beyond the building of telescopes to the using of telescopes. Topics include observing meteors' lunar occultations, comet, nova, and satellite hunting, variable star observations, and computer use. Each chapter deals extensively with the ``how-to'' issue, concluding with organizations and persons to contact for further information. For the layperson, both adult and high schooler, this enthusiastic book proffers plain good advice. Schaaf's contribution, rich with the passion and wonder of ``standing under and observing directly the beauties of the starry sky,'' is about naked-eye astronomy in an age of increasingand often debilitatingsophistication. The reader will encounter the joys of the daytime sky, rainbows, meteors, comets, supernovas, and much more. The author weaves historical vignettes into his narrative. He even offers tips on dealing with outdoor lighting, so that the sky's brilliance is undiminished. A way for us to connect with nature through pure, unadulterated stargazing. Essential. Robert Paul, Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Pa.