I am planning some astrophotography. And comparing two times.

On one night I plan a midnight shoot when a waning crescent moon rises at 1am. This is 1 week ahead of the new moon.

The other night would be on a new moon.

Would the darkness of the sky be expected to be any different? I ask because a lot of articles I read about stargazing and astrophotography say the phases of the moon are important, but never mention the setting and rising of the moon as an important factor.


After the moon has set, the sky is dark. There is a little "lunar twilight", but this is pretty insignificant. Once the moon has set you don't need to worry about the moon. The sky will be dark at midnight.

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