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

A crescent moon display ‘Earthshine’ (Image credit: Mark Garlick/SPL/Getty Images)

Is June really a good month for astrophotography in the northern hemisphere? With solstice imminent the days are long and darkness is at a premium. You’ll have to stay up late to see the stars of Leo, Cancer and Gemini sinking into the western horizon after dark while sunrise comes just seven or eight hours later as seen from northern latitudes. 

Although there are a few notable conjunctions this month – notably both Venus and Mars among the stars of the photogenic Beehive Cluster (M44) – June is perfect for imaging passing satellites (which glint during the long twilight) and space clouds (more on them below). 

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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.