Shawn Nielsen VisibleDark.caWelcome 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 look at astro products. Thank you for visiting and clear skies!

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 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 [...]
Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

Return to the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

It’s been quite some time since I imaged this region of space. Nearly 10 years much to my surprise as I thought about it. Returning once again to the Horsehead [...]
raptor 61 triplet telescope electronic focuser and back focus

Raptor 61 triplet telescope, electronic focuser and back focus

The Radian Raptor 61 refractor is a very portable, widefield f/4.5 apochromatic triplet. This is the first telescope offering from Radian Telescopes which is a new company founded by OPT [...]
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