Tag Archives: Canon 350XT

Gas Clouds Of Lagoon Nebula and Trifid Nebula in H-alpha

H-alpha image of M8 and M20 taken summer of 2011 with an Equinox 80mm APO refractor and modified Canon 350XT.

  For summer stargazers and astrophotographers, the Lagoon Nebula (M8) and Trifid Nebula (M20) are definitely in the top 10 for deep sky objects to observe and photograph. M8 the Lagoon Nebula (left in image) is approximately 4,077 light years from Earth. Interesting enough this night sky treasure of glowing ionized gas is visible with […]

March 17th 2015 Aurora

March 17 2015 Northern Lights. Shawn Nielsen

It was a great night for Aurora (Northern Lights) sky watchers here in southern Ontario. The CME launched from the Sun towards Earth 3 days previous set off a nice display of dancing colours in the night sky. I was lucky enough that it was clear this night and I set off to photograph the […]

Antares and the dust clouds

Antares and the dust clouds

2012 Skynews Magazine Canada astrophotography contest, honourable mention This is a two pane mosaic of the bright Summer star Antares and part of the Rho Ophiuchus dust cloud region around it. It’s a very striking area of the night sky to photograph during the summer months. Antares is distinctly reddish when viewed with the unaided […]

IC 405 and IC 410 in Auriga HaRGB

IC405 and IC410 HaRGB. Shawn Nielsen and Steve Holmes 2010

This image of IC 405 and IC 410 consists of 2 hours colour data acquired using a Canon DSLR and 3 hours H-alpha data taken by a fellow astrophotographer, Steve Holmes of Kitchener, Ontario. For a more detailed description of this region please see my post IC405 and IC410 Nebulae in Auriga, H-alpha Technical: Skywatcher […]

M11 The Wild Duck Cluster

M11 The Wild Duck CLuster. Shawn Nielsen Sept 2010

Continuing my learning curve with astro-imaging. This was a short run on the Wild Duck Cluster, M11. located near the constellation Scutum. M11 is an open cluster, also called a galactic cluster. It contains thousands of stars. The stars in M11 are believed to have formed together about 250 million years ago. Bright young stars […]

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 […]