Author Archives: Shawn Nielsen

Pixinsight SHO processing of NGC 7822 – Tutorial

Pixinsight SHO processing

Hey folks! Hope all is well and you’ve been getting some clear skies. In this astrophotography video I gather data on NGC 7822 nebula region in Cepheus using my Skywatcher Esprit 100 triplet refractor telescope, Moravian 16200EC CCD and Optolong (Ha, OIII and SII) narrowband filters. It was a challenge to gather enough data for […]

Meet NGC 3324 and IC2599 The Gabriela Mistral Nebula

NGC 3324 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 3324, an open cluster closely associated with emission nebula IC 2599 located in the southern constellation Carina. It’s at a distance of 7,560 ly from […]

Meet NGC 5128 a starburst galaxy

NGC 5128 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 of a collaboration opportunity I had with a Mr. Russ Jacob from Australia. Russ is an astrophotographer and images the southern hemisphere night sky. The […]

Planetary Nebula M97 with the Vixen VC200L telescope

M97 planetary nebula

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. The photons of the Owl Nebula are ancient but not the most distant object I’ve imaged. To take this image I used a Vixen VC200L […]

Power Pocketbox reviewed

power pocketbox

The Pocket Powerbox is a handy little power distribution unit perfect for most astrophotographers looking to streamline and clean up the mess of cables and chords that typically happens with most telescope setups. I had a chance to try out a Power Pocketbox thanks for KWtelescope.com who were kind of enough to lend me one […]