Tag Archives: CCD

Shawn Nielsen on the OPT Space Junk Podcast!

I was thrilled when asked to be on the OPT Telescopes, Space Junk Podcast. Check it out below! Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing […]

Visibledark Podcast – Episode 2 – How it all began

Visibledark Podcast

Episode Transcription Welcome back to the Visibledark podcast. I’m Shawn Nielsen, an astrophotographer and amateur astronomer. This episode is part 2 of How it all began. If you haven’t checked part 1 please feel free to do so before listening to this one. At the end of part 1 I mentioned one of the last […]

Visibledark Podcast – Episode 1 – How it all began

Visibledark Podcast

Episode Transcription Hey folks welcome to the Visibledark podcast! Thank you so much for joining me. I’m an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and do most of my astro imaging from the backyard. I also have a Youtube channel “Visibledark Astrophotography” and you’re welcome to check that out as well. […]

My best and worst deepsky images of 2019

Esprit 100 triplet refractor pointed at the constellation of Orion

It didn’t seem like we had many clear nights here but I was able to take quite a number of astro images this past year. Join me as I look back over the best and worst deepsky images I imaged and processed in 2019. Which one did I like the best?

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 […]

Narrowband astrophotography from the city!

One of the biggest challenges in astrophotography is dealing with light pollution. This form of environmental pollution caused by unshielded and overly bright exterior lighting, washes out the night sky and makes both seeing and imaging the cosmos difficult and sometimes impossible. All is not lost though. For those of us living in a mid […]