Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Yeah, I know, I’m late this month. What can I say? Life happens!
Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. 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.
The position of the Moon relative to the planets and stars changes throughout the night. Generally, when a position is given, it is for the period about 45 minutes after sunset or 45 minutes before sunrise. Do not confuse the times of the Moon phases for the times of Moonrise and Moonset. Consult local charts for rise and set times.
September ranks among my favorite months for night photography. The nights are starting get longer and cooler after the summer season, and in my region, the skies are generally clear and the humidity low. The Milky Way remains a good photo op and Orion makes a great early-morning target. September is also the best time to photograph the zodiacal light. And this year, the Total Lunar Eclipse is sweet icing on the September cake. A great month for night photographers!
If you sign up for my free Night Photography News eNewsletter, you’ll receive each calendar as a PDF and two weeks early, on the 15th of the preceeding month. This will give you more time to plan your night shooting.
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