Category Archives: Nebula

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

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 […]

26 hours of data on the Iris Nebula

Iris nebula in Cepheus 26 hours of data. By Shawn Nielsen. VisibleDark.ca

Meet the Iris Nebula in Cepheus. Also known as NGC 7023. This image represents 26 hours of data taken over 7 clear nights in May and June 2019.  The Iris Nebula is approximately 1,300 light years distance from Earth. It resides in the constellation of Cepheus from our perspective. NGC 7023 is actually the cluster […]

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 […]