Introduction. - The Nature of Unlit Gases and Dust, and their place in the Universe. - Observing Methods and Equipment. - Dark Lanes in Star Clusters. - Dark Lanes in Diffuse Nebulae.- Barnard's Dark Nebulae. - Galactic Dust Belts, and other Dark Regions. - Catalog and Guide. - Appendices.
Serves as the only resource for amateur observers who specifically set out to observe dark features in the deep sky
Offers detailed descriptions of how to study dark objects, including recommendations for choosing commercial equipment
Shows how practical observations of dark features can be made from suburban (light-polluted) locations
Contains numerous helpful individual object descriptions and illustrations