Category Archives: Astro ramblings

 

Astro ramblings of an urban astronomer

 

Video of Moon using a smartphone

Moon video using smartphone
I haven't done visual astronomy through a telescope for a long while. I'm more into the imaging side. But this evening I took the camera and filter wheel off and attached an eyepiece to have a look at the Moon and right below, Jupiter. I also attached my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S6) to the eyepiece [...]

Esprit 100 Triplet APO Refractor arrives!

Esprit 100 APO refractor
It's an exciting end to the month of June as my newest telescope addition arrived! I have used many different makes and designs of telescopes over the years. All of them were good and I have enjoyed using them. Some better than others. A few I still have even. I felt it was time to [...]

My Article and Images in Skynews Magazine Nov-Dec Issue 2016

Featured astrophotography article in SkyNews magazine by Shawn Nielsen
Super exciting to have my Skynews Magazine astrophotography article featured on a 4-page spread in the November-December issue. While I've known about this upcoming for several months, it's always exciting to see your work in print and circulated around the Country to subscribers and on news stands. The skynews magazine astrophotography article is entitled "Eta Carinae [...]

Supernova discovered in galaxy M66

New Supernova discovered in galaxy M66 May 28, 2016

A new Supernova was discovered in the galaxy known as M66 on May 28, 2016. I thought I’d get an image of this new discovery for myself and logged into the remote iTelescope at the AstroCamp Observatory in Nerpio, Spain. This is a Planewave 17″ CDK with a focal length of 2929mm and an SBIG […]

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 […]