Shawn Nielsen VisibleDark.caWelcome to my astrophotography and astronomy website. Here you’ll see images I have taken of the night sky and deep space objects, using a variety of equipment. My story began more than four decades ago looking up at the Moon with a small telescope my Father had. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico, Chile and Australia. I also have a Youtube channel where I discuss astrophotography, PixInsight processing as well as look at astro products. Thank you for visiting and clear skies!

IC405 flaming star nebula

IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga

IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission and reflection nebula surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. Ic405 the Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga. IC405 is located in the constellation [...]
Jupiter Saturn Great Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn Great Conjunction

Look to the south-west sky on the evening of December 21st, 2020 to see the Jupiter and Saturn great conjunction. These are the largest planets in our solar system. A [...]
M45 seven sisters

The Seven Sisters M45 star cluster

M45, the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. A splendid open star cluster with nebulosity. This cluster is visible with the naked eye high overhead during Winter months. It also harolds the [...]
Fighting dragons NGC 6188

Return to the Fighting Dragons

The November cloudy season seems to have made an early arrival here in 2020. With the nights being cloudy and no foreseeable imaging to be had, I thought I’d revisit [...]
NGC 7822 nebula

NGC 7822 Nebula in Cepheus

I pointed the telescope at Cepheus and captured 8 hours of data of NGC 7822. A star forming complex, where hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust [...]
IC1871 nebula

IC1871 with the QHY268C and L-eXtreme

On two cool crisp clear nights in October 2020 I pointed the Esprit 100 triplet refractor at the Soul Nebula in Cassiopeia. I don’t have a rotator on my telescope [...]
m31 QHY268C 21 hours

M31 with the QHY268C

I’m continuing to image with the QHY268C cooled cmos camera. It’s been working quite well. M31 is rising again in the Fall night sky here so it makes a perfect [...]

More with the QHY268C camera and Optolong L-eXtreme

I’ve been continuing to image with the QHY268C camera and Optolong L-eXtreme filter. This combination has proven to be very good for astrophotography. The results I am getting are really [...]
Crescent Nebula NGC 6888

The Crescent Nebula NGC 6888

The Crescent nebula NGC 6888 is a faint, diffuse nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. A beautiful star field of the summer night sky. This shell of gas (resembling a [...]
wizard nebula ngc 7380

The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380

The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 is shown in this image comprised of 15 hours of data. The Wizard Nebula NGC 7380 is located in the constellation of Cepheus. It gets [...]
Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3

Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3

A photo of Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 high in the evening sky during July 2020. It’s been 4500 years since Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 last passed by the Earth on [...]
L-extreme Optolong

Optolong L-eXtreme filter for Astrophotography

An image of the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in IC1396 taken with the Optolong L-eXtreme filter. The Optolong L-eXtreme filter for astrophotography is dual band, allowing one shot colour cameras (OSC) [...]
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