September 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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Times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

All month Bright Venus (about magnitude -4.1) shines low in the dusk sky to the west. It will make a great complement to a twilight landscape scene.
All month Saturn begins the month about 20 degrees to the upper left of Venus at dusk and slowly moves closer to come within about 4 degrees around mid-month. It’s far dimmer than Venus, at about mag 0.7, but still easily seen and it will show up well in photos.
All month Jupiter shines high in the eastern dawn sky, at about magnitude -2.1. It is the brightest object in the morning sky other than the moon.
All month Mars shines in the east during dawn twilight. It is much fainter than Jupiter, at about magnitude 1.6, but it will show up well in photos taken before the sky brightens.
All month This Milky Way shines brightly and high in the sky for most of the night. September is a great month to photograph it because the summer haze is gone and the nights are often dry and clear.
All month Orion rises around midnight in the northeast and is low on the south-southeastern horizon during dawn twilight.
1 The crescent moon shines below Jupiter in the dawn sky, looking east. Mars lies to the lower left.
1-17 The zodiacal light is visible in the east before sunrise from dark locations. See this blog post for more information. On the 1st and 2nd, the waning crescent moon may interfere.
2 The thin crescent moon shines in the dawn sky, looking east. Mars lies to close to the upper left, while Jupiter is higher above.
3 A sliver thin and faint crescent moon shines very low on the horizon in the morning twilight sky, looking east.
5 New moon at 7:37am. 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.
7 A very thin and faint crescent moon shines low on the horizon in the dusk twilight sky, looking west. Venus lies to the upper left of the moon.
8 The thin crescent moon lies very close to Venus in the dusk twilight sky, looking west.
9 The crescent moon lies to the upper left of Venus in the dusk twilight sky, looking west.
12-15 Fourth Annual Western North Carolina Foto Fest in Montreat, NC. This year’s event features Scott Hotaling, Jared Lloyd, Donna Eaton, Tom Vadnais, Claire Waller, Bill Lea, and myself. While there will not be any programs specific to night photography, I will be available all weekend to discuss the topic. Also, I will be leading a free light-painting shoot on the evening of the 12th.
12 First quarter moon at 1:09pm.
19 Full moon (Harvest Moon) at 7:13am. 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.
22 Autumn begins at 4:44pm in the Northern Hemisphere (the autumnal equinox) and spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere (the vernal equinox).
26 Third quarter moon at 11:56pm.
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