First image tests with ASI1600MM-Cooled astro camera

By |Experimental|

The new ASI1600MM-Cooled astrophotography camera from ZWO is breaking new ground in technology  for imaging the night sky. It's one of the first cameras that can do both planetary imaging and deep sky [...]

September 2016 Night Sky Events

By |Stargazing|

Find out where to look for tonight's planets, stars and constellations of the September 2016 night sky. Did you know the planets Mars and Saturn are perfectly positioned still in the south facing sky [...]

Return to M20 the Trifid Nebula

By |2016, Nebula|

Featured Astronomy Magazine online Picture of the Day, Sept 8th, 2016.  Also featured in Amateur Astrophotography E-Magazine Aug 9th, issue #31 It's been several years since I imaged M20 the Trifid Nebula. I [...]

Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 remote telescope astrophotography

By |2016, Narrowband|

Pictured is the new iTelescope T33 ASA 16" astrograph, 16 megapixel Apogee Aspen CG16070 Class 1 CCD on a Paramount ME. Located at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. A giant stellar [...]

See Saturn in the night sky this Summer!

By |Stargazing|

This pale golden colour gem is a must see this Summer! You can see Saturn high in the South after sunset and easy to find. Using a telescope you can see [...]

Comet sails past the Helix Nebula

By |2016, Comets, Nebula|

A truly once in a lifetime opportunity. I was able to capture this image of Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS) passing near the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) on its cosmic journey through space. While [...]

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“We are the only living creatures who diverge from their rhythms and turn night into day” 

Light trespass: Waterloo Region staff wrong, misleading to councilors

By | July 27th, 2016|Light Pollution|

Update August 2, 2016: I have received a copy of the LED street lighting briefing note from the Region of Waterloo Public Health, sent to the Region's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nolan. An [...]

AMA Report Signals Dangers of LED Lighting

By | June 24th, 2016|Light Pollution|

AMA Report Affirms Human Health Impacts from LED lighting on JUNE 21, 2016 This photo shows the divide between East and West Berlin that is still visible at night from space. On [...]

New Study finds 80% of World Population Lives Under Skyglow

By | June 18th, 2016|Light Pollution|

World map of artificial sky brightness. Image from the new “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness.” A groundbreaking new study documenting light pollution across the globe finds that more than 80 percent [...]

Outdoor lighting can easily be dark sky friendly

By | April 23rd, 2016|Light Pollution|

Dark Sky Outdoor Lighting Basics Modern society requires outdoor lighting for a variety of needs, including safety and commerce. IDA recognizes this but advocates that any required lighting be used wisely. To minimize [...]

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Welcome to my astrophotography and astronomy site…

My name is Shawn Nielsen. I’m fascinated with the science of Astronomy and enjoy sharing my passion of stargazing with others. Celestron CPC800 with Equinox 80 APO refractor which was used to take some of the images you will see here.As a young boy I was intrigued with the Moon and stars. My parents encouraged my interest and bought me my first telescope. As a teenager I built a number of my own telescopes to view the planets and deep sky objects.

I’ve been doing astrophotography since 2008 and have been honoured with some awards and have a few published images.

ASA-16-iTelescopeThe images displayed on this site I took from various locations including northern Ontario, Canada, cottage country, remote observatories in New Mexico, Australia and Spain as well as from my home driveway in Kitchener.
I’m a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Bluewater Astronomical Society. I’m also Past Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo RASC Light Pollution Abatement committee.

I hope you enjoy looking around the site and feel free to leave a comment as well.

Clear skies and keep looking up!

Shawn Nielsen/@Stardaug