Author Archives: Shawn Nielsen

M42 The Orion Nebula

M42 The Orion Nebula - Shawn Nielsen 2010

One of the most spectacular objects in our night sky is undoubtedly The Orion Nebula (M42) in the constellation of Orion the hunter. This constellation is best seen in the Winter months (northern hemisphere) of January and February when it’s high above the South-East and South horizon during the evening hours. The Orion Nebula is […]

Horse Head and Flame Nebulae

Horse Head and Flame Nebulae. November 2010

It goes without saying that the constellation of Orion the hunter is one of the most well known in the Winter night sky. Very large in size and its distinctive three bright stars (on an angle) in a row forming the Hunter’s belt, makes it easily identifiable to even those not familiar with Astronomy. This […]

And so it begins…

My first image of M31 galaxy. Shawn Nielsen 2008

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 […]