The Astrophotographer’s Log Book: 25 sessions


The Astrophotographer’s Log Book is an effective and convenient way to record your imaging sessions and an aid to the enjoyment of astronomy and astrophotography now and in the years to come.


The Astrophotographer’s Log Book arose from the need to record and organize the data from astrophotography sessions in an efficient and consistent way for repeatability and posterity. Existing log books or journals were no different than the blank pages I was already using, but I found I was missing data and some information wasn’t always written in the same place on each page, making it time consuming to relocate. There are sections for 25 imaging sessions, and each session has four dedicated pages to the data from the individual session: equipment used, location, environmental conditions, exposure plan used, and observing notes. An appendix includes a checklist reminder and planning considerations, seeing and transparency scales, a note about ethical astrophotography, a page of common formulas and unit conversions, and a handy equipment data sheet for the particulars of your telescope(s), guide camera(s), and imaging camera(s) you’re likely to reference for making calculations and filling in the session data fields. The Table of Contents is blank to let you fill in the target and session # for easy reference later and in the companion book The Astrophotographer’s Log Book Session Index (to keep track of multiple sessions on single targets across multiple log books. This is an effective and convenient way to record your imaging sessions and an aid to the enjoyment of astronomy and astrophotography now and in the years to come.

The Astrophotographer’s Log Book, at 6″ x 9″, is sized to fit easily into your astrophotography gear bag. The front and back covers are laminated 2mm book board for a solid writing surface on your imaging table or your lap. The thick covers also make it sturdy and durable under the varied conditions you might experience, whether at home or at a remote dark site. A built-in bookmark makes it easy to locate where you left off. The front and back covers are designed by the author. The end papers are also handmade by the author and each set is unique. The Log Book is wire-bound and opens flat or a full 360 degrees.

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“I received my book yesterday.  It’s very well thought out and will work great.  I was just about to make my own binder/log book, and then I saw this thread.  The quality of this book is certainly much better than just a notebook or printer paper and it looks like it will last quite a bit longer, as well.  I’m looking forward to using it.  I’ll not only be logging objects in space, but also memories with my daughter.  Thanks Mike!  Well done.” 

— Jason G.

“Thanks for the superfast shipping! I really like this log, and I look forward to another when this one fills up! Very well organized with enough space to add notes. Super high-quality materials make this a long-term record. And the binding and hard covers are much better than my old, floppy, college-ruled notebook. Well Done!” 

— Mike M.

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