Astrophotography in January 2024: what to shoot in the night sky this coming month

enus appears in the night sky near a crescent moon on February 22, 2023 in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
The moon and Venus are just one of the sights to photograph in the night sky this month. (Image credit: Getty Images)

If you’re new to astrophotography, you’ve timed it well because January is one of the best months to begin. If you can find clear skies in the northern hemisphere, then there’s a nice mix of objects to image, from the likes of the Orion Nebula (M42) and the Pleiades (M45) to the Quadrantids meteor shower, the rise of the full ‘Wolf Moon,’ and a young crescent moon. 

Here’s everything you need to know about astrophotography this month: 

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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.