July 2013 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on the calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography using DSLR cameras, as well as for general night photography. The calendar does not include events or subjects that are more suited to telescopes or extreme telephoto lenses. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at other locations, although some of them may require correction for latitude and longitude.

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All month Bright Venus (magnitude -3.9) shines in the dusk sky to the west. It sets about 90 minutes after the sun, so it will be low on the horizon at all times. It will make a great complement to a twilight landscape scene.
All month Saturn is about halfway up in the southwestern sky at dusk, shining at about magnitude 0.5.
All month Mars shines low in the east-northeast during dawn twilight. It is faint, at about magnitude 1.5, but it will show up well in photos taken before the sky brightens.
All month Jupiter shines low on the horizon in the east-northeast dawn sky. At magnitude -1.9, it is much brighter than Mars.
All month For observers in the southern United States, the Milky Way shines high in the sky—the highest period of the year.
Last week Orion begins rising in the eastern sky  early enough to photograph it well before sunrise, although the light from a waning moon interferes. It shares the dawn sky with Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and the Pleiades.
Last week Mercury shines very low on the horizon in the east-northeast dawn sky. Its brightness grows each morning from about magnitude 1.0 to about 0.0 by the 31st.
3 The crescent moon shines in the dawn sky, looking east. The Pleiades star cluster lies to the left of the moon.
4 A thin crescent moon shines in the eastern dawn sky. The Pleiades shine to the upper left of the moon.
4 Independence Day for the United States. Cities and towns across the country will have fireworks displays beginning at dark. Check out this Digital After Dark blog post for tips on photographing fireworks.
5 A very thin crescent moon shines low on the horizon in the morning twilight sky, looking east. The Pleiades star cluster lies to the upper right of the moon.
6 A sliver thin and faint crescent moon shines very low on the horizon in the morning twilight sky, looking east. The Pleiades star cluster lies to the upper right of the moon.
8 New moon at 3:15am.  Don’t forget, the best time to shoot the stars (either as pinpoints or star trails) is when there is no light pollution from the moon.
10 A very thin and faint crescent moon shines low on the horizon in the dusk twilight sky, looking west. Venus lies to the upper right of the moon.
11 The thin crescent moon lies to the left of Venus in the dusk twilight sky, looking west.
12 The crescent moon lies to the upper left of Venus in the dusk twilight sky, looking west.
15 First quarter moon at 2:16pm.
21-22 Venus and the star Regulus lie very close together in the dusk sky looking west.
22 Jupiter and Mars lie extremely close together in the dawn sky to the east-northeast, with Mercury hugging the horizon below them.
22 Full moon at 2:16pm. Don’t forget, in addition to including the full moon as a complement to a landscape or urban scene, you can use the light from the full (or nearly full) moon to illuminate your scene.
29 Third quarter moon at 1:44pm.
30 The Alpha Capricornid and Southern Delta Aquarid meteor showers peak this morning. Neither shower produces very many meteors, but the strong Perseids coming up on August 12 will start building up in late July and will contribute to the numbers. The waning crescent moon will interfere somewhat, drowning out the faintest meteors.
31 A fat crescent moon shares the eastern dawn sky with Orion, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and the Pleiades.
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