The Astrophotography Planner

This started out as my personal image ‘almanac,’ to help me plan when I should image specific objects.  I built upon that to create a full book with maps and complete details for 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 the print edition on Amazon here…

…or, I can create a custom version created for your specific location, delivered as a pdf.  It’s the same price as the print book ($19.99), but you get a custom pdf of over 160 pages with data calculated for where you observe or image.  It’s got a little more detail, like moon data incorporated into the charts and an overview chart showing how many Quality Imaging Hours are available for all 76 areas in one view.  You can see an example chart here.  Plus, you get charts that go an extra year beyond the print book:  2020-2022.

If this is something you are interested in, please send $19.99 via Paypal to with:

  • Your name and email
  • Your latitude and longitude (rounded to the nearest degree is fine)
  • Your time zone

Turnaround is 1-4 days, since each one requires some manual work to create.  (If you don’t have Paypal, send me a note, and I can send you a link to pay via credit card.)

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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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Buy it on Amazon.