5 August Astrophotography Targets you can image this month!

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Welcome to August! We are continuing our favorite Summer targets with five new fantastic astrophotography objects you can capture this month!




Below you will find 5 deep sky objects that are at their highest elevation in August. If you don't see a popular object listed below, don't worry! It is most likely featured in a different month as we are doing this guide for every month of the year and are making sure we avoid duplicates.


In order to make sure you find some inspiration no matter your skill level, we will go over three easy objects and will add two more difficult targets for the more experienced amateur astrophotographers at the end.



5 August Astrophotography targets:

  1. NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula

  2. Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

  3. NGC 6960 & NGC 6992 - The Eastern & Western Veil Nebulae

  4. NGC 7000 - The North America Nebula

  5. IC 1318 - The Sadr Region



NGC 7293

The Helix Nebula, also called the Eye of God or Eye of Sauron, is a beautiful and large planetary nebula in the constellation Aquarius.


This object is really bright and does not require lots of exposure time for you to get a great result. NGC 7293 also looks great in both regular RGB or narrowband.


If you are imaging from the United States, know that the Helix Nebula does not rise very high from most locations, so try to capture it as soon as it is available!

Learn how we captured NGC 7293 on our full post!





Messier 27

Messier 27 is another nice planetary nebula best imaged in August. It is relatively smaller than the Helix Nebula, but is so bright that is is among the easiest targets to capture for beginner astrophotographers.


Located in the small constellation of Vulpecula, M27 can be photographed with just a stock DSLR camera, or in narrowband using a monochrome camera. If you plan on imaging this object, aim to have enough integration time to reveal the red "X" shape in the dumbbell. This is easier achieved with a Hydrogen Alpha filter but easily attainable with an unmodified DSLR camera as well.


Learn how we captured Messier 27 on our full post!



NGC 6960 & NGC 6992

NGC 6960 (the Western Veil) and NGC 6992 (the Eastern Veil) are part of the Veil Nebula complex, or Cygnus Loop. If you'd like an extra challenge, try to also capture NGC 6974 (Pickering's Triangle) which is also part of the complex and lies approximately in between the Eastern and Western Veil nebulae.


These targets are great for both stock DSLR camera owners who shoot in RGB, but also in bicolor narrowband if using a cooled monochrome camera with HA and OIII filters.


Learn how we captured the Veil Nebulae on our full post!




NGC 7000

The North America Nebula is an area in Cygnus that is full of bright gas! A small telescope is great to capture the entire "North America" shape, while a larger instrument can be used to get a good look at the famous Cygnus wall. You may also want to capture the Pelican Nebula, which lies right next to the North America Nebula (the Pelican Nebula can be seen on the upper right in our photo below. Yes, our framing was terrible).


Learn how we captured NGC 7000 on our full post!



IC 1318

Probably our favorite area of the sky, IC 1318 is an extremely busy part of Cygnus with so much going on! To find it, look for the bright star Sadr, and take a few test shots until framing the object(s) the way you want it.

On our photo below (41 hours of exposure!), you can see Sadr near the center, and the Butterfly Nebula on the upper right area.


Learn how we captured IC 1318 on our full post!



Final Thoughts

And that's it!

We hope this list will help you pick a target to photograph tonight. If you do image one of these beautiful objects, make sure to show us your results in the comments section!


You can read our pick for the TOP 15 Summer Astrophotography Targets if you want to see more great objects for this season.






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