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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. […]

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 […]

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 [...]

First image tests with ASI1600MM-Cooled astro camera

ZWO ASI1600MM-Cooled astronomy camera
The new ASI1600MM-Cooled astrophotography camera from ZWO is breaking new ground in technology  for imaging the night sky. It's one of the first cameras that can do both planetary imaging and deep sky imaging. I have spent a couple clear nights recently taking some test images with it. I am really impressed with the camera's [...]

Supernova discovered in galaxy M66

New Supernova discovered in galaxy M66 May 28, 2016

A new Supernova was discovered in the galaxy known as M66 on May 28, 2016. I thought I’d get an image of this new discovery for myself and logged into the remote iTelescope at the AstroCamp Observatory in Nerpio, Spain. This is a Planewave 17″ CDK with a focal length of 2929mm and an SBIG […]