Night, Astronomy, and Astrophotography Books

Orion: Belt, Sword, and Nebula

These are my favorite night, astronomy and astrophotography books. The simple stuff is simple to do and the challenging stuff is hard, complicated, and expensive to do. These books will get you started and help you can go as far as you choose to go.

For more information about each of these books (and a planisphere), read The Best Night, Astronomy, and Astrophotography Books.

The next two books will get you started with the things you can do with just a camera, lens, and tripod.

Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Photography: Night Sky, A Field Guide for Shooting after Dark by Jennifer Wu and James Martin

Milky Way from Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. September 27, 2015. 8:06:12 PM MDT. Canon 5D Mark III. Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 lens. 30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Planisphere: The Night Sky 30°-40° (Large; North Latitude) by the David Chandler Company

Choose a planisphere that matches your approximate latitude. Spin the dial to match the date and time and the planisphere will give you a map of the overhead night sky.

Planisphere: The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large; North Latitude) by the David Chandler Company

The Light-Hearted Astronomer by Ken Fulton

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson and Adolf Schaller

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide – An excellent guide to enjoying the night sky. This book is not about photography.

Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners – This book is a very good introduction to the night sky for children, grades 4 – 6.

Splendors of the Universe, A Practical Guide to Photographing the Night Sky by Terence Dickinson and Jack Newton

Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography by Allan Hall

Digital SLR Astrophotography (DSLR version) by Michael Covington

Astrophotography for the Amateur, 2nd edition (film version) by Michael Covington

Getting Started: Long Exposure Astrophotography by Alan Hall

Page created November 6, 2017. Updated May 4, 2018.