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The Astrophotography Planner is published!

I’m happy to announce that my latest book is now available.  This one started out as my personal almanac to help plan when different objects were best positioned in the sky.  I’ve expanded upon that to create a full book with maps and complete details for 76 of the most popular imaging targets. 

Producing great deep-sky images requires many hours of exposure time. Knowing when an object is optimally placed in the sky is critical to gathering the best data.

This book features charts and maps for 76 of the best deep-sky objects visible from the northern hemisphere. The charts show how many quality imaging hours you can expect for each on any given date, as well as where it will be positioned. Maps are provided to help you decide how to frame each object, and field of view templates are provided for common sensors and focal lengths. Detailed information about the moon is included for 2019 and 2020.

In short, The Astrophotography Planner will help you make the most of every clear night to produce the best deep-sky images possible.

Buy it on Amazon.

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A sample page is posted below.  There are 76 areas of the sky covered exactly like this in the book. Instead of simple rise and set times, it shows when the object is at least 15º above the horizon and the sky is dark.  Separate lines are plotted for those at 30º, 40º, and 50º latitude.

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Available on Amazon.

Areas of the sky covered:

  • Sh2-308
  • The Seagull Nebula
  • Thor’s Helmet
  • Medusa Nebula
  • Abell 31
  • NGC2903
  • M81 and M82
  • The Hickson 44 Galaxy Group
  • NGC3521
  • The Leo Trio
  • M109
  • The Antennae Galaxies
  • M106
  • Markarian’s Chain
  • The Needle Galaxy (NGC4565)
  • The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)
  • The Whale and Hockey Stick Galaxies
  • The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)
  • The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
  • M3
  • The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)
  • NGC5907
  • M5
  • The Draco Trio
  • The Rho Ophiuchi Area
  • The Great Hercules Cluster (M13)
  • The Snake and Pipe Dark Nebulae
  • The Trifid Nebula
  • The Lagoon Nebula (M8)
  • The Eagle and Swan Nebulae (M16 and M17)
  • M22
  • Barnard’s E
  • Sh2-86
  • The Tulip Nebula (Sh2-101)
  • The Dumbbell Nebula(M27)
  • The Crescent Nebula
  • The Propeller Nebula
  • The Gamma Cygni (Sadr) Nebula
  • The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC6946)
  • The Cygnus Veils
  • The North America and Pelican Nebulae
  • The Iris Nebula
  • Sh2-129
  • The Elephant’s Trunk (IC1396)
  • The Cocoon Nebula
  • The Wolf’s Cave (vdB 152 and B175)
  • Sh2-132
  • The Helix Nebula
  • NGC7331, the Deer Lick Group, and Stephan’s Quintet
  • The Wizard Nebula (NGC7380)
  • The Bubble and the Lobster Claw
  • Ced214 and Sh2-171
  • The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)
  • The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC253)
  • The Pacman Nebula (NGC281)
  • The Ghosts of Cassiopeia (IC59 and 63)
  • The Triangulum Galaxy (M33)
  • NGC891
  • The Heart and Soul Nebulae
  • NGC1333
  • IC342
  • The Pleiades
  • The California Nebula (NGC1499)
  • Sh2-206
  • The Witch’s Head Nebula
  • The Flaming Star, the Spider, and the Fly
  • The Crab Nebula
  • The Orion and Running Man Nebulae
  • The Horsehead, Flame, and M78 Nebulae
  • Barnard’s Loop
  • Simeis 147
  • NGC2170
  • Lower’s Nebula (Sh2-261)
  • The Jellyfish and Monkey’s Head Nebulae
  • The Rosette Nebula
  • The Cone, Foxfur, Christmas Tree Area
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  1. January 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Charles, Bob Miller here.
    I have both of your other books. I have gotten so much out of them!! And yes, I will be ordering this book as well. I’m still using a DSLR and just had it modified for H alpha and will use it for the first time this next new moon. My first target will be the cone Nebula. Can’t wait!!


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    • January 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Bob! This new book will make a great companion to the Atlas. You are going to notice a big difference with your DSLR modified, and the Cone Nebula is a great target for it. Clear skies, Charlie

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