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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“We are the only living creatures who diverge from their rhythms and turn night into day”
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. 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.
The 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!