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, USA and Australia. I also have a Youtube channel where I discuss Pixinsight processing as well as look at astro products. Thank you for visiting and clear skies!

NGC 7822 nebula

NGC 7822 Nebula in Cepheus

I pointed the telescope at Cepheus and captured 8 hours of data of NGC 7822. A star forming complex, where hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust [...]
IC1871 nebula

IC1871 with the QHY268C and L-eXtreme

On two cool crisp clear nights in October 2020 I pointed the Esprit 100 triplet refractor at the Soul Nebula in Cassiopeia. I don’t have a rotator on my telescope [...]
m31 QHY268C 21 hours

M31 with the QHY268C

I’m continuing to image with the QHY268C cooled cmos camera. It’s been working quite well. M31 is rising again in the Fall night sky here so it makes a perfect [...]

More with the QHY268C camera and Optolong L-eXtreme

I’ve been continuing to image with the QHY268C camera and Optolong L-eXtreme filter. This combination has proven to be very good for astrophotography. The results I am getting are really [...]
Crescent Nebula NGC 6888

The Crescent Nebula NGC 6888

The Crescent nebula NGC 6888 is a faint, diffuse nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. A beautiful star field of the summer night sky. This shell of gas (resembling a [...]
wizard nebula ngc 7380

The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380

The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 is shown in this image comprised of 15 hours of data. The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 is located in the constellation of Cepheus. It gets [...]
Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3

Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3

A photo of Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 high in the evening sky during July 2020. It’s been 4500 years since Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 last passed by the Earth on [...]
L-extreme Optolong

Optolong L-eXtreme filter for Astrophotography

An image of the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in IC1396 taken with the Optolong L-eXtreme filter. The Optolong L-eXtreme filter for astrophotography is dual band, allowing one shot colour cameras (OSC) [...]
Starless version of Cygnus Wall image

The Cygnus Wall in NGC 7000

In June 2020 I pointed the Skywatcher Esprit 100 and new QHY268C camera at the Cygnus Wall for 5 nights. We had a run of clear nights in a row and it [...]
NGC 3324 Meet NGC 3324 and IC2599 The Gabriela Mistral Nebula

Meet NGC 3324 and IC2599 The Gabriela Mistral Nebula

This image was featured front cover of the RASC Journal (June 2020 edition) and Image of the Month in the BBC Sky at Night magazine (July 2020 edition). Meet NGC [...]
NGC 5128 galaxy

Meet NGC 5128 a starburst galaxy

Meet NGC 5128 a starbusrt galaxy. Discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop who at the time lived ine in Parramatta, in New South Wales, Australia. This image is the result [...]
M97 planetary nebula

Planetary Nebula M97 with the Vixen VC200L telescope

Meet planetary nebula M97, aka the Owl Nebula.  This image took me three nights to collect the data due to clouds. M97 is more than 2000 years away from Earth. [...]

In this video I look at the difference between the Optolong L-eNhance filter and the new L-eXtreme filter…

I’ve been continuing to image with the new QHY268C cool OSC cmos camera and Optolong L-eXtreme filter…