Category Archives: Astro ramblings

 

Astro ramblings of an urban astronomer

 

Shawn Nielsen on the OPT Space Junk Podcast!

I was thrilled when asked to be on the OPT Telescopes, Space Junk Podcast. Check it out below! Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing […]

My best and worst deepsky images of 2019

Esprit 100 triplet refractor pointed at the constellation of Orion

It didn’t seem like we had many clear nights here but I was able to take quite a number of astro images this past year. Join me as I look back over the best and worst deepsky images I imaged and processed in 2019. Which one did I like the best?

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 […]

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 […]

Narrowband astrophotography from the city!

One of the biggest challenges in astrophotography is dealing with light pollution. This form of environmental pollution caused by unshielded and overly bright exterior lighting, washes out the night sky and makes both seeing and imaging the cosmos difficult and sometimes impossible. All is not lost though. For those of us living in a mid […]