The stargazer in you would sure like to get your hands on some astronomy books now, wouldn't he?
Well, there are tons of astronomy books out there and you'll have to study and research to get the ones from professionals so you'll know what you're doing safely. Yes, there are safety issues with astronomy, especially when using telescopes. You need proper filters on the telescopes and binoculars you use so you don't damage your eyes if you're staring at strong moon light or the Sun.
There are not only astronomy books that are favorable but you also have new forms of astronomical observation thanks to modern day computing technology. Today you can actually use your computer to access telescope and astronomy data from some of the most advanced telescopes every invented. You can go to the websites of these telescopes and tap into the live and analyzed data to then coordinate your studies with. Just think, you can watch real time astronomical data from not only most of the planets in the solar system but also the universe itself. You can isolate images, look at various spectral analysis and even hunt for new comets and planets all from the comfort of your home.
That's the importance of these astronomy books. They're where you start your studying of the skies and there you'll be able to get the reference data that will lead you into a solid study of astronomy and not veer off into unscientific directions. Astronomy is supposed to be fun but also there's a science and procedure to it. Also you'll need to know how to coordinate and communicate not only with other astronomers but with officials and the academic community so you get the latest astronomical data, confirmation of data and the latest opinions and news. You'll find it so much fun that you might want to get your astronomy books autographed by the authors, which you can at many of the get-togethers held around the world.