Category Archives: Nightscape

Photography of the night landscape and sky by Shawn Nielsen


The Winter night sky in the Fall

Pleiades star cluster rising high overhead in the early Fall pre-dawn sky of September

I was up very early this morning, September 3rd, and noticed it was clear out. The clouds had drifted off over night some time. I put my jacket on and went outside to have a look at the sky. My old friends of the Winter night sky are making their return. You can now see […]

Light pollution dome from Kitchener and Waterloo

Light dome from Kitchener-Waterloo caused by artifical light sources (street lights, porch lights, business lights and signs). This not only washes away the stars in the night sky but also has been linked to negative affects on our night time environment health (ecology).

Badly designed and implemented outdoor lighting such as street lights, house lights, business lights and lit signs all contribute to light pollution. This negatively effects not only our night sky but our nocturnal environment, the ecology of it, which in-turn effects people, wildlife and even air quality. The effects of light pollution are not confined […]

Moon and Venus before dawn

Moon and Venus February 26, 2014

Just a quick post here… very cold this morning, February 26, 2014. The Moon and Venus were a close pairing in the pre-dawn sky. I was out driving and was able to stop and take this photo of these celestial bodies over an industrial factory. Lucky I still had my Canon DSLR and lens with […]

Antares and the Whispy Moon Clouds

Whispy Moon clouds and the summer star Antares. Shawn Nielsen, 2009

Antares and the Whispy Moon Clouds Photography of the night sky using a fixed tripod One of the great things about photographing the night sky is you don’t have to have expensive telescope and camera equipment to take some incredible photos of the heavens above. Like this photo of the star Antares with whispy Moon […]