The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography is the ultimate manual for anyone looking to create spectacular landscape astrophotography images. By explaining the science of landscape astrophotography in clear and straightforward language, it provides insights into phenomena such as the appearance or absence of the Milky Way, the moon, and constellations. This unique approach, which combines the underlying scientific principles of astronomy with those of photography, will help deepen your understanding and give you the tools you need to fulfil your artistic vision. 

Key features include:

• Distinguished Guest Gallery of images from renowned nightscape photographers such as Babak Tafreshi, Bryan Peterson, Alan Dyer, Brenda Tharp, Royce Bair, Wally Pacholka, and David Kingham

• The twenty-five best landscape astrophotography subjects and how to photograph them

• Astronomy 101 - build your knowledge of night sky objects and their motion: the Milky Way, moon, Aurora Borealis/Australis, constellations, meteors and comets

• Information on state-of-the-art planning software and apps designed to enable you to capture and enhance your landscape astrophotography 

• Field guide for creating a detailed plan for your night shoot 

• Description of the best moon phases for specific types of nightscape images, and the best months and times of night to see the Milky Way

• How-to guide for creating stunning time-lapse videos of the night sky, including Holy Grail transitions from pre-sunset to complete darkness

• Four detailed case studies on creating landscape astrophotography images of the Milky Way, full moon, star trails, and constellations


Table of Contents

Front Matter 

Dedication

Foreword (Babak Tafreshi)

Preface

Acknowledgements

Section I. 

What Is Landscape Astrophotography and Why Now? 

Chapter 1 Introduction and Goals of Book

Section II. 

Understanding Astronomy & Atmospheric Science for Nightscape Images 

Chapter 2 The Night Sky & Its Movement

Chapter 3 Sunrises/Sunsets

Chapter 4 Aurora Borealis / Australis

Chapter 5 The Moon

Chapter 6 Solar System 

Chapter 7 Meteors, Meteor Showers, Comets, Fireballs and Bolides

Chapter 8 Milky Way

Chapter 9 Weather and Atmospheric Science

Section III. 

Understanding Photography for Landscape Astrophotography Images 

Chapter 10 Light & the Human Eye

Chapter 11 Camera and Lens Systems 

Chapter 12 Exposure 

Chapter 13 Light Painting and Light Drawing

Chapter 14 Video, Time-Lapses and Motion-Production

Section IV. 

Planning Landscape Astrophotography Images 

Chapter 15 The 25 Best Landscape Astrophotography Targets (& How to Photograph Them)

Chapter 16 Developing Your Astrophotography Session Plan

Chapter 17 Essential Software and Apps

Chapter 18 Essential Hardware and Equipment

Section V. 

Creating Landscape Astrophotography Images 

Chapter 19 The Astrophotography Clinic

Chapter 20 Obstacles and Common Unexpected Problems

Section VI. 

Processing Landscape Astrophotography Images 

Chapter 21 Image Management and Processing Foundations

Chapter 22 Creative Nightscapes: Multiple Image Processing

Section VII. 

Detailed Case Studies 

Chapter 23 From Concept to Curating - Four Detailed Case Studies

Section VIII. 

Guest Gallery 

Chapter 24 Distinguished Guest Gallery

Section IX. 

Conclusions 

Chapter 25 Where Do We Go From Here

Appendices 

I Equipment Checklist

II Figure Summary and World Map

III Annual Night Sky Planner

IV Homemade Planisphere

V The Altitude of Polaris

VI How Far Away is the Horizon

VII Contributor Websites

Index