Astrophotography of the night sky...

Shawn Nielsen astrophotographer

Astrophotography of the Night Sky

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!

BlurXterminator 2
Shawn Nielsen

BlurXterminator 2.0 with AI4 is released!

Revolutionizing Astrophotography: BlurXTerminator, the Pioneering AI Deconvolution Tool December 14, 2023 – new BlurXterminator 2.0 with AI-4 is released with astouding improvements! Astrophotography, an intricate blend of art and science, has experienced a paradigm

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Cocoon Nebula IC5146
Shawn Nielsen

Stunning Image of the Cocoon Nebula

Shawn Nielsen pointed his telescope up at the night sky for over 8 hours to image The Cocoon Nebula (IC5146) in the constellation of Cygnus. The Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146): Unveiling the Mysteries of

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iOptron HEM15 review
Shawn Nielsen

iOptron HEM15 Harmonic Mount review

iOptron and Ontario Telescope were kind of enough to loan me a new iOptron HEM15 mount to test and work with. I’ve been using it the past couple of months and here are some of my

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M101 Pinwheel galaxy
Shawn Nielsen

The magnificent Messier 101 galaxy

The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) imaged with a Starfield Optics 8in astrograph using a Starizona Nexus F3 reducer/flattener and Optolong Ha, LRGB filters. Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy In the vast expanse of the cosmos, one

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Buy Me a Coffee

In the vast world of astronomy tools, the Seestar S50 by ZWO stands out as a trailblazing innovation. This compact marvel packs a telescope, electrical focuser, astronomical camera, ASIAIR, altazimuth mount, dew heater, and filter wheel, all while weighing a mere 2.5kg.

ZWO Seestar smart telescope review…

One-on-one PixInsight Image Processing Lessons...

learn PixInsight tutorial

Shawn Nielsen Visible Dark AstrophotographerNew to PixInsight? Interested in improving your processing and workflow?

Learn the techniques for stunning images. Unleash the potential of PixInsight post-processing with personal tutoring from me via Zoom.

We can work with your data or use mine. I can demonstrate my image processing to you first hand while you look over my shoulder. We can also discuss your workflow and I can help you get on track to producing amazing astro images you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.

VisibleDark Astrophotography Tutoring, enhance your PixInsight skills today.

Get in touch with me for your own private tutoring sessions! Email: [email protected] for more details.

M81 and M82 galaxies imaged by Shawn Nielsen VisibleDark
Shawn Nielsen

Top 5 deep sky targets for galaxy season

As the spring season approaches, astrophotographers are eagerly anticipating the arrival of galaxy season. This is the time when the skies are still dark early in the evening and the galaxies are at their

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