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Moon, Sun, rise & setting times.
What is an Ephemeris?
Simply put it's a very complex software (that is programmed to be simple to use) that tells you the times of the day that the moon and sun rise and set. This software is free to use on a desktop and there are app's IOS and Android - more below with links.
There are many times when a photographer should know what light is available for certain photos. Morning and twilight for landscape shots to name one, and Moon rise and set times for photos of the moon. It is also nice to know where these heavenly bodies are at any particular time. Speaking of time - don't forget to set the calendar at the top left of the window (shown here), by clicking on the calendar. You can set it for anytime in the future also, nice feature! And don't forget to drag the red hat pin to the location where you are going to be photographing from. See the link below.
The direction bars are color coded with the linear chart below the map. This helps immensely if you want to know where to look for a moon shot or if you want to know where the sun light is coming from for a daytime shot. If you move the white button slider at the bottom you can see which direction these heavenly bodies are traveling in relation to the time and your location during the day or night. Links below for your favorites list.
Ephemeris Web Site Free (making an account is free)
itunes app store Small one time charge
By Crookneck Consulting LLC
This is a great program to have if you're looking to photograph a special moon or eclipse. It's also great for daytime shots to know where the light is coming from. Every photographer should look into this.