Category Archives: Nebula

Images of emission, reflection and dark nebula as well as supernova remnants

Meet M97 and M108, the Owl and the Surfboard

sLRGB-M97-M108-Shawn_Nielsen-2019

Here’s an interesting pairing in the night sky. Meet M97 planetary nebula and M108 spiral galaxy from the Messier Catalog of deep sky objects. While they look side by side from our perspective here on Earth, M97 is actually 2,600 light years distant while the Surfboard galaxy M108 is a whopping 45 million light years away! Both […]

Return to the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

It’s been quite some time since I imaged this region of space. Nearly 10 years much to my surprise as I thought about it. Returning once again to the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae, I found myself armed with a new equipment and a new set of imaging and processing skills than previous.  Imaging this deepsky […]

Running Chicken Nebula IC2944

Meet IC2944, also known as the Running Chicken Nebula. It’s a southern hemisphere deep sky object. An open cluster with an associated emission nebula found in the constellation Centaurus. Within this region of nebulosity is a set of Bok globules. They were discovered in IC 2944 by South African astronomer A. David Thackeray in 1950. These […]

My article and image of IC1396 in Skynews magazine Mar/Apr 2019

IC1396 in Skynews

Very pleased to have my image of IC1396 and short article featured in the “Parting Shot” section of the March/April issue of Skynews Magazine. It’s always an honour to have your work recognized like this. I imaged IC1396 (the Elephant Trunk Nebula) in the Fall of 2018 using the Skywatcher Esprit 100 Triplet Refractor, Moravian […]

Lobster Claw, a Bubble and open cluster

Lobster claw, bubble nebula and open cluster M52
Imaging telescope: Esprit 100 triplet refractor and Moravian G3-16200EC CCD camera riding on the EQ6 mount and Skyshed Pier. From left to right, the Lobster Claw Nebula (Sharpless 157), the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) and open cluster M52. I captured this image of all three in October 2018 using the Esprit 100 triplet, Moravian 16200EC [...]

Meet M78 a Reflection Nebula in Orion

m78 a reflection nebula
I imaged M78 a Reflection Nebula in Orion using a remote telescope in New Mexico. This data was taken over two nights and is using the luminance data I posted of M78 previous. Its been combined with RGB data to give this colour image. And wow is this region of space colourful! M78 is about [...]