6 Planning Astrophotography Sessions

You’ve now seen many examples of landscape and deep-sky astrophotography, along with a few mentions of planning. So, what exactly is an astrophotography plan? A well-thought-out plan details when, where, and how to capture a specific astrophotography image. For example, a plan to capture the full moon perfectly positioned next to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park might look like this (Figure 6.1):

“At 4:30 p.m. on October 25, 2026, I will park in the Tunnel View parking lot in Yosemite National Park in California. From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., I will assemble my camera with a remote shutter-release cable, ...

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