So, I am taking "landscapes" of my city of Boston, Mass. (USA) around sunrise/sunset and also night scenes with the moon.
What I am interested in specifically is being able to plot/predict the moon's position in the sky, to determine optimal times and locations. Being in a city it gets a little complicated as you have tall buildings to contend with.
What I've been experimenting with so far is using Stellarium to show the position of the moon over time at a given location and then going to Google Earth and trying to reconstruct the view there. Google Earth has very good models of buildings, but I haven't figured out how to set view direction and angle precisely. This process is also very laborious since I have to go back and forth multiple times between two programs just to figure out one day. Since I live here, I'd really like to plot out the possibilities for, say, the next 3 months.
Does anyone have any suggestions for software (web-based or Mac-compatible), books, tools, or other techniques for understanding motion of celestial bodies for photographic purposes? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Obligatory Photo: along the Charles River Esplanade shortly after sunset