Field Notes


Countless lines of prose, poetry, and music have been written in hopes of capturing the magic of a summer night, but leave it to FIELD NOTES to take an inexplicably transcendent feeling and distill it down to basic science: it’s the stars. If you live in the city, you may often forget that there are more than a handful of ’em up there. But if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere without light pollution, seeing the Milky Way stretched across the sky on a moonless summer night never gets old.

FNC19_F_800Our nineteenth edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS celebrates the wonders that cross the summer sky each night. The “Night Sky” 3-Pack features French Construction “Blacktop” covers, mapping out three sets of constellations that have graced the northern hemisphere summer sky long before “summer” was given a name. Constellations and popular asterisms are highlighted in silver holographic foil. Inside is our usual beloved Finch Opaque text paper, with a new “Reticle Graph,” sort of a hybrid of our popular dot-grid and graph papers. It’s all bound together with shiny black staples.



Choosing the sections of sky to depict involved a lot of research. Illustrating thousands of stars was a lot of work. But even after all that, and a self-taught crash course in astrophotography, we weren’t prepared for two amazing nights at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. We’ve posted a 6 hour and 20 minute film of the night sky from dusk to dawn shot and rendered at 4K. Check out The Stars and Their Courses and also this short highlight reel from one of the darkest spots in North America.

There’s only so much information we can cram into a 3.5- x 5.5-inch pocket notebook, but our love of 4-point Futura is well known, so cram we did. The three books are roughly aligned to midnight in the northern hemisphere in early, mid-, and late summer, and replacing our usual “Practical Applications” the inside back covers features corresponding facts and tips to help get your stargazing underway. After a clear night and maybe a cocktail or two, you’ll impress your friends by finding Arcturus, pointing out the Summer Triangle, and locating the “Andromeda Galaxy” M-31, all with your naked eye!



Subscribe to FIELD NOTES COLORS and get two “NIGHT SKY” 3-Packs plus two kraft-cover FIELD NOTES 3-Packs (one Graph, one Mixed) immediately. Over the next year, you’ll get three more quarterly mailings featuring a pair of FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition 3-Packs (or equivalent) and other goodies. That adds up to 30 memo books, including “doubles” of each COLORS edition: one to use and one to hoard away for posterity. 700 subscriptions are available, for just $97.


If you just want some sweet notebooks without the commitment of a subscription, order quickly. We suspect these will disappear very quickly (our last edition of black notebooks sold out in two days!). They’re, as always, only $9.95 per 3-Pack, limit three per customer.

Check out our previous limited-editions, and don’t forget to stock up on other FIELD NOTES notebooks and writing utensils in our online shop. You know what’d go really well with “Night Sky” notebooks? A Space Pen. Just sayin’.