Author Archives: Shawn Nielsen

NGC 281 Pacman Nebula in Hubble Palette SHO

NGC 281 pacman nebula SHO

Meet NGC 281, also known as the Pacman Nebula. Can you spot the pacman? NGC 281 is a bright emission nebula and part of an H II region in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia which is rising in the NE during Fall months and high overhead in the Winter. Cassiopeia is part of the Milky […]

NGC 7822 Nebula in Hubble Palette SHO

Meet NGC 7822. This is 29 hours of data I collected over 6 clear nights. This is a Hubble palette image (false colour). NGC 7822 is a young, star-forming region in the constellation of Cepheus It lies about 3000 light years away above our galaxy. Inside this region is a supernova remnant – which indicates […]

I went to the Starfest 2019 star party!

Starfest 2019

I went to Starfest 2019 which is an annual star party held in Ayton, Ontario during the month of August. It’s considered a top ten star party with hundreds of amateur astronomers and astrophotographers turning out. There was a variety of observing oriented activities, including solar viewing and guided night sky tours. Also numerous presentations […]

Optolong L-eNhance Filter for Astrophotography

The Optolong L-eNhance filter is fast becoming the talk of the astro town. It’s affordable for even the tightest astro budgets but also delivers exceptional performance for imaging emission nebula and super nova remnant from light polluted cities. What is this filter though and how does it work? Why do you need it? If you’re […]

Deepsky astrophotography with and without a narrowband filter

City lights, neighbours outside lights, limited number of clear nights and astrophotography from your backyard, all mean having to battle not only light pollution but time and opportunity to engage in our hobby. So if there’s technology that can make things a little easier than why not give it a try! Narrowband and light pollution […]

A new city light pollution filter! Triad Quadband Ultra Filter.

The Triad Quadband Ultra Filter from OPT is both amazing and fun to use. For many amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, light pollution makes things difficult and in some cases impossible when it comes to imaging the night sky. All is not lost though. For those astrophotographers using a one-shot-colour (OSC) DSLR or cooled cmos camera […]