Tag Archives: Esprit

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 […]

Special Astro Guest and the Eagle 3 Pro!

a look at primaluca lab Eagle 3 Pro

Welcome to a special video with a special astro guest! Watch as we talk about the new Primaluce Lab Eagle 3 Pro as well as have a look at the Skywatcher Esprit 150 telescope, QHY CCD 16200 and Paramount equatorial mount. I make a visit to his observatory in Guelph, Ontario, Canada where as an […]

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 […]

New Focus Cube for my telescope – install and review!

Focus Cube

Received my new Pegasus Astro Focus Cube which will be attached to the Esprit 100 refractor. Join me in unboxing the Focus Cube, see how it’s installed and my thoughts on this astro product. Pegasus Astro Focus Cube >>> http://bit.ly/2ZbjHYZ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KELpAyFq0UQ

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 […]

Meet the galaxy M33

galaxy M33
Meet the galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy. I acquired this data over a few nights in January 2019. Total of 8.5 hours, HaLRGB. The Esprit 100 triplet refractor and Moravian G3-16200EC CCD camera riding on the EQ6 mount and Skyshed Pier. M33 is in the constellation Triangulum around 2.5 million light years distant [...]