“Across the sea of space, the stars are other Suns” – Carl Sagan

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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae
A recent image of M31 I took with a Skywatcher Esprit 100 and Moravian 16200EC CCD.A recent image of M31 I took with a Skywatcher Esprit 100 and Moravian 16200EC CCD.
M31 Galaxy
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The Owl and the Surfboard
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M20 Trifid Nebula

Shawn Nielsen VisibleDark.caWelcome to my astronomy and astrophotography site. I’m Shawn Nielsen and I’m an amateur astronomer, astrophotographer and YouTuber. I’m also an advocate for better lighting at night, reducing light pollution. The astro images featured on this website were taken from various locations including dark sites in rural southern Ontario, up in northern cottage country (South Bruce Peninsula) as well as remote observatories in New Mexico, Australia and Spain. Some of the images were even taken from my home in Kitchener, a relatively light polluted city. Astrophotography is a passion of mine Continue reading…

My first image of M31 galaxy. Shawn Nielsen 2008

This was my first image ever taken upon getting into astrophotography. It was of the M31 galaxy and was taken with a Celestron CPC800 SCT. While I had taken some images as a teenager of the planets… 

For those of us living in a mid to large size cities and dealing with light pollution, we can do narrowband astrophotography and get some great results! One of the biggest challenges in astrophotography is dealing with light…