The Night Sky 2023

In my series The Night Sky, I break down a number of astrophotography objects that I think are interesting and worthwhile to photograph or observe. The list covers deep sky objects, planets, events, eclipses, comets, meteor showers and the Moon phases.

The DSOs are broken down by focal length. I cover 200mm all the way up to 2000mm focal length. I use a full frame image format such as the Canon 5D or the ZWO 6200 as my base. However I give equivalent focal lengths also. So depending on what camera you’re using, I list down the focal length you’d need to match the same Field Of View I’m seeing.

The information is from my latitude in the United Kingdom, which is about 52° North in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time there aren’t any plans to include the Southern Hemisphere. But if there’s enough interest I can put some together.

The planets are chosen for ones which crest at least 20° altitude during the night for a decent amount of time, as well as being at darkness level that would make it worthwhile to photograph. So depending on your latitude, you may see more or less of the planets. I do my best to be as inclusive as I can be.

Hope you enjoy!

The Night Sky 2023

January 2023