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The Astrophotographer's Guidebook - The Best DSLR Astrophotography Targets Each Season

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

The Astrophotographer's Guidebook is a guide to the best DSLR astrophotography targets of the year. Inside, you will find 60 deep-sky objects that you can photograph each season with 15 targets per season. While out on the field it's great to have a list of targets on hand (or digitally) to easily find ideas for astrophotography targets each night and perhaps improve your imaging and processing skills with objects you haven't photographed before.

Learn about this astrophotography book and get an idea about what to expect. Consider ordering one for yourself or an aspiring astrophotographer you know.


Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced astrophotographer, this detailed book of the best deep-sky objects will serve as a personal guide for years to come!

Discover which star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies are the easiest and most impressive to photograph for each season.

We created this guidebook to help astrophotographers stay motivated with a checklist of ideas for imaging. It can be tough if you're not totally familiar with the sky. In the book you will learn how to find each object in the night sky and read our recommendations for how to best photograph them.

Each target listed in this guide contains our advice on imaging, photos of expected results, and a useful information table. We've also included a few cool facts about each target, a map to find it in the night sky, and more! See what a page looks like below!


Book Information


Book Format and Content

Each page in the book is a double page featuring a target and all of its information. The same format continues throughout the book making it quite easy to follow and fun to look at.

There are helpful key facts about the deep-sky object you are planning to image, such as its designation (like NGC or M), how to locate it in the night sky, difficulty level, advice on imaging, a statistics table, and more!

A few targets will have the Galactic Hunter logo and a link on the bottom right of the page. This link will direct you to an episode from our YouTube channel that will help you capture that specific target. This is especially useful as you will hear us explain more in-depth about the object and determine if said target is a good option for you to photograph.