Cruise Ship Astronomy and Astrophotography

Thinking of taking a cruise, but you are leaving your telescope gear at home because you’re not sure how and where you can use it? Don’t!

As part of Springer Publishing’s The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series, Greg Redfern has written “Cruise Ship Astronomy and Astrophotography” which offers a how-to guide to observing and doing astrophotography on water. Collecting together the author’s five decades of astrophotography and teaching experience, this book shares all the practical information you will need to plan your next cruise.

Part I offers practical advice on what to pack, the best ways to enjoy the night sky from the cruise ship, specific astronomical objects and events to look out for, and myriad other useful tips. Part II offers a crash course on astrophotography at sea, teaching the nitty-gritty details of taking pictures of the night sky. Proof that it can be done is provided by the many amazing color astrophotographs taken by the author while following the steps laid out in this book.

The book is available directly from Springer as well as from Amazon.

About the Author

Greg Redfern, known on twitter as “@SkyGuyinVA,” has been an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for five different colleges since 1984. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, he has shared NASA’s missions to the solar system with many audiences in person as well as on air with Voice Of America (VOA) International, Fox 5 WTTG TV, NBC4 Washington, CBS News and WJLA7. Since 2006, he has been the space reporter for WTOP Radio and

Greg’s daily astronomy blog, “What’s Up?: The Space Place” has had over 2.9 million views from around the world. As a writer, he has authored numerous articles for Sky and Telescope, Meteorite Magazine, Skywatch and a number of newspapers, including Gannet and USA Today.

Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over five decades and collecting meteorites for years. He has used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities, and geological sites all over the world. His astrophotographs have appeared online on,, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Earth and, The Planetary Society,, Universe Today, and other online publications. For years, cruise ship guests and visitors to Shenandoah National Park have enjoyed Greg’s presentations, where he mingles the folklore and science of the stars.

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