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!

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 annuular 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 NGC 7023 taken with QY268M camera

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 [...]
IC405 flaming star nebula

IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga

IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission and reflection nebula surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. Ic405 the Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga. IC405 is located in the constellation [...]
Jupiter Saturn Great Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn Great Conjunction

Look to the south-west sky on the evening of December 21st, 2020 to see the Jupiter and Saturn great conjunction. These are the largest planets in our solar system. A [...]


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