About astrophotographer Shawn Nielsen 2017-12-03T20:49:14+00:00

Shawn NielsenWelcome to my astrophotography site. I’m an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer living in Kitchener, Ontario. I blog and share the astro-photographs I take of the night sky.

Celestron CPC800 with Equinox 80 APO refractor which was used to take some of the images you will see here.

A Celestron CPC800 SCT with Equinox 80 APO refractor which were used to take some of the images you will see here.

These images were taken from various locations including dark sites ~50km NW of the city of Kitchener, up in northern cottage country (South Bruce Peninsula), remote observatories in New Mexico, Australia and Spain. Some of the images were even taken from my driveway.

I’m a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Bluewater Astronomical Society.

I’m past chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo RASC Light Abatement Committee and I’m still active in bringing awareness to and reducing light pollution. It’s affecting all living beings on our planet (part of the climate change problem) while at the same time causing our night sky to disappear from view.

Some of my images have been used in publications and featured online. I’ve also collaborated with some other astrophotographers in producing images of space bound wonders.

Photographing the night sky... Northern Lights August 2015 Oliphant Ontario Shawn Nielsen

The Northern Lights photographed in August 2015 by Shawn Nielsen. Taken along the shore of Lake Huron, near Oliphant, Ontario.

I enjoy sharing the beauty of the night sky with others through my images but also showing people first hand how to spot the planets and what they can see using simple binoculars.

There is a thrill and excitement to capturing light that is thousands and millions of years old… revealing the visible dark.

You can email at: Shawn (at) visibledark.ca  – replace the “at” with @

Clear skies and keep looking up! Shawn Nielsen/@Stardaug