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.
Our 19th Quarterly Edition 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-graph and graph papers. It’s all bound together with shiny black staples.
MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS
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 3½" × 5½" 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!
Proudly printed by the good people of Service Graphics, Inc. Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Cover: French Construction 100#C “Blacktop,” with a thick, brute force, 1-Color application of “Stealth Gray” soy-based Toyo ink and holographic hot-stamped foil.
Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 50#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of light gray soy-based Toyo ink.
Cover printed on a Mitsubishi Diamond Series 40" 6-color printing press.
Innards printed on a Miller TP104 28" × 40" 2-color printing press.
Bound by a Heidelberg ST350 “Stitchmaster” 8-pocket saddle stitcher, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”
Corners precisely rounded to ⅜" (9.5mm) by a CRC round-corner machine.