Well it’s that time of year again when I’m turned into a hermit and planned out my astrophotography calendar for 2023. I’ve gone a little further (not in this calendar) and on a separate document have been adding things to my longer range forecasts (rough details for the next 10-15 years or so).
In 2023 we have a hybrid solar eclipse here in Western Australia, so no one buy an telescopes or other astrophotography gear in March and April leading up to it. It would be great if we could predict any bright comments or CME’s, but they tend to be more fickle. Arguably we’re progressing along a current solar cycle to peak in 2025.
Weather is still a bit difficult with talks of another La Nina and Indian Ocean Dipole making wetter conditions. This year (2022) I’ve so far cancelled 4-5 expeditions due to bad weather :/, thinking I may possibly just wander around imaging (subject to flooding risk) as there is always something to capture (and it’s not just about the Milky Way). I have a lot of projects on the go – and while there are some rather open timeframes, there is certainly a lot that doesn’t happen unless you have a plan.
Hoping that the calendar helps people with their astro planning.