Astrophotography in August 2023: what to shoot in the night sky this month

Perseid meteor shower at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
A composite of the Perseid meteors over Dinosaur Provincial Park on the night of August 12/13, 2017. A faint aurora is on the northern horizon at left. One meteor obligingly appeared at centre that was particularly bright and left a long-lasting smoke train. The Double Cluster in Perseus is the diffuse spot at centre near the radiant. This is a composite of a single image for the ground and sky taken as the start of the sequence, layered with 14 other images of meteors taken over 3 hours, masked to reveal just the meteor. Nikon D750 with Sigma 20mm f/1.4. (Image credit: Alan Dyer/Getty Images)

August is one of the best months of the year for astrophotography – and this year that goes double. Not only are the night skies graced by the year’s most famous meteor shower of all – the Perseids – but there are two full moons. An occasional consequence of the moon orbiting Earth every 29 days (or so), August 1’s ‘Sturgeon Moon’ will be followed by August 30’s ‘Blue Moon.’ 

Add Saturn reaching its opposition and August 2023 is a great time to dust off that camera and tripod and get outside looking up.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.