Features of the Indigo Night Print

Night Sky

We render a local view of the night sky based on your date, latitude and longitude – any date, past, present or future, any location on earth.

Horizon

Pick an appropriate horizon illustration – the best match for the landscape surrounding your location – either from our core of classic treelines or from the hundreds of variations we’ve worked up over the years.

Headline

We suggest ‘Night Sky over [Your Location]. Simple and straight-forward. A couple of variations we like include ’Our Wedding Night Sky’ and ’Under a [Month] Sky. That said, the headline can be any 3 to 7 words.

Message

We start this line with the day and date. You follow with your message – sweet, fun, wise… quote from a favorite song or poem. Note that the message is optional. Sometimes saying nothing at all really says it best.

See message examples: Birthdays | A Child’s First Starry Night | When Cupid Struck | Weddings & Anniversaries | On the First Anniversary | Baptism

Caption

We write a brief two or three sentence description of the night sky shown in the print. Each print comes with a starmap that names the stars, planets and constellation in your print.

Framing Options

We have five frames available: two silver, two black, and one blue. Profiles are wood. Framed to the highest standards, with glass. Open box. Hang on wall. Simple!

See more on our different framing options:
simple and elegant framing.

Sizes and Pricing

Basic print
14 x 18 — $49

Drymount print*
14 x 18 — $59


Framed 14 × 18 print
Five profiles available — $119
Traditional Black with Silver inset
Contemporary Black Slant
Traditional Platinum with Silver Inset
Classic Blue Wood

* Drymount = print mounted to stiff 3/16” foamcore. This makes it sturdy and easy to frame yourself.

How long will it take to receive my print?

Prints and drymounts usually ship on the 2nd or 3rd business day following order day. For example, orders on Monday ship Wednesday or Thursday; orders on Friday, Saturday or Sunday ship Tuesday or Wednesday.  Occasionally it takes a little longer.  Each print is one of a kind, and receives our full attention during production. This takes time, so please order well in advance of the date you'd like the print in hand.

Framed prints usually ship on the 3rd or 4th business day. An 8 x 10 PDF of your print is available by special request (give a call or send us a follow-up e-mail) it makes a nice gift card if you can't have the print in hand in time.

Production time + transit time = final delivery.

Your Night Sky

A local view is rendered for the latitude and longitude of your location, on the date you specify. Any date, any location.

We pick the view, 140° across by about 80° above the horizon, that we think is the prettiest, or most interesting, over the 24 hour day, with preference to the evening view (between sundown and midnight). We’ll include the moon (if visible), in its correct phase and position, stars down to the 5th magnitude of brightness, and whatever planets were visible. We’ll show the part of the sky we feel is prettiest, most interesting or compelling. Occasionally we’ll pick a view after midnight on the following date if our intuition takes us there.

Several days each month the moon rises and sets with the sun; no moon will show in prints for these days.

A separate, detailed starmap is included with each print, naming the constellations, planets and stars shown in the print.

Horizon

The horizon is the visual anchor of the print. We have a variety to choose from, but suggest that our simple treelines – summer, fall, winter or tropcal – are the best compliment to the print. These offer a beautiful frame to the night sky, yet allow the emphasis to be on moon, stars, descriptive text, and sentiment.

The print is about the night sky. the true sky, rendered for your date, with our astronomer’s comments. We always caution people not to be too focused on getting the exact literal horizon illustration… think of the print more as a poem than an essay. Not literal, but evocative.

You can view all the horizon illustrations in the interactive builder on the Build/Explore/Order page.

We have a blog entry about creating horizons from your photograph, or from digital stock, if you’re interested. This process can take a few extra weeks.

Headline

The headline, by convention, reads “Night Sky over [Your Location]”. This works well.

A few variations we like include “Our Wedding Night Sky,” or ’Under a [Late Summer, December, June, etc] Sky".

A child’s print could read: “David’s First Starry Night.”

Any 3 to 7 words will work. We strongly suggest NOT adding the state. This is redundant information (you or the recipient know the state, right?) and punctuation looks bad in headlines. Trust us on this.

Message

The Message can be up to two sentences, but one short sentence perhaps up to ten words works best visually. We’ve put together a lot of occasion specific ideas – browse them on the Examples page. Choose from one of these standards, or create your own.

If you don’t add a message we’ll just print the day and date beneath the headline.

We can move the day and date to the caption by special request, leaving just the headline in the white area beneath the night sky image. Let us know in the special instructions on the cart page.

Caption

The caption is a short – two to three sentence – description of the sky shown in the print.

We typically comment on some or all of the following: the phase and constellation of the moon, visible planets, interesting conjunctions (close pairing or groupings of celestial objects) asterisms (star patterns that are not recognized constellations) and bright stars. A comet, eclipse or rare grouping (such as the five planet line-up in the spring of 2002) would take the entire comment.

Here is a typical caption line from late February of 2009:

Nightfall. A crescent moon stands low in the west with radiant Venus, the ‘Evening Star,’ a close and beautiful pairing in faint Pisces. Orion shows above. Sirius and Canopus, night’s two brightest stars, shine together south.

Framing

You can’t really go wrong with any of these choices. Black with silver inset; Platinum with silver inset; Black or Silver slant (an angled profile that's taller on the outside edge) or our classic Blue.

These represent the best solutions we’ve found to date: the colors work exceptionally well; the profiles are of the highest quality. We frame to the same standards as a ‘custom’ shop, with spacers to isolate the print, real glass, stainless hardware, bumpers, and heavy black craft-paper backing on the wood frames.

We mount the starmap in a clear sleeve on the back of each framed print as well

The 'slant' frames trend toward contemporary. The frames with insets lean toward traditional. They have satin finishes, a little more weight, and formality.

The blue wooden frame is a beautiful match with the sky color. It’s quietly elegant, very romantic and unabashed. The black, with its lovely pewter accent – drawing from the font color – is beautifully understated and especially nice as a wedding present.

A nice preview of the frames, with your horizon illustration, is shown on the Build/Explore/Order page. Use the size drop-down menu to see the choices.

In-home gallery of framed prints

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Just Because

The night sky print which arrives for no particular reason, other than to celebrate the gift of love that is your beloved, is cherished like no other.

Birthdays

Each of us has a story that begins in a single moment. Poets and philosophers from Shakespeare to Tennyson, from Moore to Jung, share a common fascination with the night sky at the moment of birth, and the idea that the moon and stars stand in timeless, silent witness to this moment.

Wedding Anniversaries

The night sky print, showing the moon and stars just as they appeared on the night you met, the moment of your first kiss, or your wedding night, is an exceptional anniversary gift. Appropriate for any year, especially so for the 1st anniversary, the year of the ‘paper’ gift.

New Baby

The night sky print, showing the moon and stars just as they appeared on the child’s first starry night, with your words – funny, wise, sweet, hopeful, perhaps a favorite quote from a story or song – makes a beautiful keepsake.

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