Shawn Nielsen on the OPT Space Junk Podcast!

I was thrilled when asked to be on the OPT Telescopes, Space Junk Podcast. Check it out below! Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing […]

Optolong L-Pro filter

Optolong L-Pro Light Pollution Filter and City Astrophotography

In this video I take a look at the Optolong L-Pro light pollution suppression filter for city backyard astrophotography with your telescope and DSLR or cooled cmos camera. I also do a quick process in Pixinsight of the data taken with the L-Pro filter and show you the end result which is quite stunning considering […]

My first image of M31 galaxy. Shawn Nielsen 2008

And so it begins…

This was my first image taken upon returning to the astrophotography hobby and astronomy after many years. It was summer of 2008 and I found an urge to explore the cosmos again and meet up with old friends, the stars of the night sky. I had decided to purchase a new telescope and try my […]

Visibledark Podcast

Visibledark Podcast – Episode 2 – How it all began

Episode Transcription Welcome back to the Visibledark podcast. I’m Shawn Nielsen, an astrophotographer and amateur astronomer. This episode is part 2 of How it all began. If you haven’t checked part 1 please feel free to do so before listening to this one. At the end of part 1 I mentioned one of the last […]

Visibledark Podcast

Visibledark Podcast – Episode 1 – How it all began

Episode Transcription Hey folks welcome to the Visibledark podcast! Thank you so much for joining me. I’m an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and do most of my astro imaging from the backyard. I also have a Youtube channel “Visibledark Astrophotography” and you’re welcome to check that out as well. […]

Esprit 100 triplet refractor pointed at the constellation of Orion

My best and worst deepsky images of 2019

It didn’t seem like we had many clear nights here but I was able to take quite a number of astro images this past year. Join me as I look back over the best and worst deepsky images I imaged and processed in 2019. Which one did I like the best?