5 November Astrophotography Targets you can image this month!

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Welcome to November! It is almost the end of the year, so let's go over five new astrophotography objects you can capture right now!




Below you will find 5 deep sky objects that are at their highest elevation in November. 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 November Astrophotography targets:

  1. M45 - The Pleiades

  2. NGC 869 & NGC 884 - The Double Cluster in Perseus

  3. IC 1805 & IC 1848 - The Heart & Soul Nebulae

  4. Sh2-188 - The Shrimp Nebula

  5. IC 405 - The Flaming Star Nebula



Messier 45

The Pleiades open cluster is the largest and brightest cluster in the night sky. This is one of the most popular objects for beginner astrophotographers, and can easily be seen with the unaided eye in the sky.


Messier 45 can easily be photographed wide-field using just a DSLR camera, a tripod and a lens. With the help of a star tracker, you will be able to really bring out the nebulosity behind the stars.


M45 is a perfect target for small telescopes, and experienced astrophotographers will capture lots of interstellar dust all around the object. The photo below was taken with our 8" Astrograph, which as a focal length of 800mm. As you can see, M45 fits just right although it is a bit tight! Click the image to learn more about this image and see all our attempts, including the wide field ones without a telescope!

Learn how we captured M45 on our full post!





NGC 869 & NGC 884

NGC 869 and NGC 884 are a pair of globular cluster that lie very close to one another. They are most often referred as one object, called "The Double Cluster in Perseus".


The Double Cluster truly is a magnificent object to look at and photograph. Both clusters are bright, large, and contain lots of large stars.


This object is easy to photograph, and stays high in the sky for a long period of time if you are in the northern hemisphere.


Learn how we captured the Double Cluster on our full post!



IC 1805 & IC 1848

IC 1805 (The Heart Nebula) and IC 1848 (The Soul Nebula) are two huge objects in the constellation Cassiopeia. The pair is often photographed together wide-field with a DSLR camera and a lens. It is really difficult to fit both, or even one object fully in most telescopes.


The image of the Heart Nebula below was taken with a small refractor, the Meade 70mm APO, and as you can see, it barely fits!

It is possible to image these nebulae together with a very wide telescope and a full frame camera, but make sure to frame it just right so that none of the sides are clipped!


Learn how we captured IC 1805 on our full post!




Sh2-188

Sharpless-188 is a small and faint planetary nebula also located in Cassiopeia. It is not as impressive as the previous entry in this list but makes for a great challenging target for experiences astrophotographers.


Also called the Shrimp Nebula or the Dolphin Nebula, Sh2-188 is best photographed using narrowband filters, and can also be captured in bicolor with just the Hydrogen Alpha and OIII filter.


Learn how we capture Sh2-188 on our full blog post!



IC 405

IC 405, or the Flaming Star Nebula, is a large and colorful object in Auriga. The brightest part of the nebula is the bright blue star AE Aurigae, which seems to be covered in fiery smoke. There is a ton of nebulous gas visible around the star, and some fainter regions being expelled in one direction.

Most of the gas in IC 405 is made up of Hydrogen Alpha, so a filter is recommended although not crucial if you plan on spending long hours on this object from a dark sky zone.


IC 405. Credit: Anne's Astronomy News



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 Fall Astrophotography Targets if you want to see more great objects for this season.



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