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.
The nineteenth edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS celebrates the wonders that cross the summer sky each night, and as usual, The Paperie is stocking these. 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 their usual beloved Finch Opaque text paper, with a new “Reticle Graph,” sort of a hybrid of their popular dot-grid and graph papers. It’s all bound together with shiny black staples.
THE STARS AND THEIR COURSES
Choosing the sections of sky to depict involved a lot of research. Illustrating thousands of stars was a lot of work. After a self-taught crash course in astrophotography, FIELD NOTES spent two amazing nights at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada to come up with the superb images that grace the covers of these notebooks. Here’s a short video reel from one of the darkest spots in North America.
There’s only so much information you can cram into a 3.5- x 5.5-inch pocket notebook, but their love of 4-point Futura is well known, and the books are crammed with info. The three books are roughly aligned to midnight in the northern hemisphere in early, mid-, and late summer, and replacing the 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!
To see the full range of FIELD NOTES at The Paperie, and to buy this superb edition, do please click here. Be quick though – we only have a limited allocation of the “Night Sky Edition”, and when they are gone, that’s it!