Shawn Nielsen astrophotographer VisibleDarkWelcome to my astrophotography and astronomy website. Here you’ll see images I have taken of the night sky and deep space objects, using a variety of equipment. My story began more than four decades ago looking up at the Moon with a small telescope my Father had. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico, Chile and Australia. I also have a Youtube channel where I discuss astrophotography, PixInsight processing as well as review and test astro products. Thank you for visiting and clear skies!

Shawn Nielsen of VisibleDark

Welcome to my astrophotography and astronomy website. Here you’ll see images I have taken of the night sky and deep space objects, using a variety of equipment. My story began more than four decades ago looking up at the Moon with a small telescope my Father had. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico, Chile and Australia. I also have a Youtube channel where I discuss astrophotography, PixInsight processing as well as review and test astro products. Thank you for visiting and clear skies!

Moon QHY462C

Daytime lunar imaging with the QHY462C camera

It was a beautiful sunny day. While sitting out on the patio having a coffee I looked up and noticed the waning crescent Moon floating in the blue sky. It [...]
Starizona APEX-ED - test image - IC1396

Testing: Starizona APEX-ED .65x Reducer and Flattener

I was sent a Starizona APEX-ED .65x reducer and flattener to test and work with on my Skywatcher Esprit 100. With the Apex ED reducer, an f/5.5 apo refractor like [...]

NGC 6914 – AAPOD!

NGC 6914 itself is the blue reflection nebula near center. It’s surrounded by a wonderful field of glowing gas and dust. Located at approximately 6,000 light-years away in the constellation [...]

The Leo Trio Galaxies

The Leo Triplet (also known as the M66 Group and Leo Trio) is a small group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. This galaxy group [...]
partial solar eclipse june 10 2021

Partial Solar Eclipse June 10, 2021 from Kitchener

I was up early the morning of June 10th, 2021 as an annular solar eclipse was underway. From my location in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, it was a partial solar eclipse [...]
HaGO IC1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Trying HaGO combination in PixInsight

I was intrigued by Dylan O’Donnell’s video about using narrowband and broadband data to produce a more natural looking hybrid image of emission nebula objects. Specifically the use of H-alpha, [...]
Iris Nebula Normalize Scale Gradient

Iris Nebula with the QHY268M Cmos Camera

I finally was able to get the proper spacing of adapters for the QHY268M cmos camera and my Esprit 100 triplet refractor. It took quite a while unfortunately. A month [...]
Focus Cube

A year later – followup on the Pegasus Astro gear

It’s been over a year now that I’ve been using the Pegasus Astro Focus Cube and Pocket Powerbox Advanced. Both of these astro products were a welcomed addition to my [...]
qhy268m

QHY268M and 7-position Filter Wheel have arrived!

It took a little while but they finally arrived… The QHY268M cooled cmos camera and QHYCFW3L 7-position filer wheel! I’ve been waiting eagerly for this pair as it will be a return to [...]
Rosette Nebula

Into the Rosette Nebula

The Rosette Nebula located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the constellation of Monoceros is an amazing deep sky to image and a very popular target among astrophotographers. [...]
M16 nebula Chile

M16 nebula from Chile

Continuing my adventures in remote internet astrophotography, this data set was acquired October 2020 with the Telescope Live network. A Planewave CDK24 was used. This is a 61-cm telescope with Corrected [...]
Cone Nebula

The Cone Nebula from Chile

Somewhere in the World there’s a clear night! In this case it was in Chile. This is a pro dataset (LRGB) taken with the Telescope Live remote telescope, ASA500N and [...]

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