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Astrophotographer and astronomy geek, Shawn Nielsen (Stardaug)Welcome to my astronomy and astrophotography website! This is where I post and discuss my adventures in photographing the night sky and watching the celestial dances of the stars, moon and planets.

Along with my own astro-photos, I also post images by fellow astro-imagers and friends in the astronomy hobby. There are even some interesting and helpful articles on various astro topics written by backyard astronomers and photographers.

Feel free to look around, leave a comment if you like and share this with others. You can follow me on Twitter, @Stardaug, also on Facebook and Google+.

Thanks for visiting and #ClearSkies!

~Shawn Nielsen (Stardaug)

Featured how-to articles by amateur astronomers…

  • how to observe the sun

    How To Observe The Sun (video)

    How to observe the Sun If you ever wanted to know more about the Sun, our nearest star, this is a great educational video to watch. Learn how to observe the sun and utilize tools available online to read and understand the data. Perfect for those times it's sunny during the day but cloudy at night! Courtesy and copyright: Suspicious [...]
  • Deep Sky Image Processing

    Deep Sky Image Processing Overview and How-To

    Deep Sky Image Processing Overview and How-To By Ron Brecher, Astrodoc.ca INTRODUCTION: PixInsight (PI), Photoshop, MaximDL and ImagesPlus are examples of software that provides amateur astronomers with a way to turn digital image data into visual art.   These programs are very powerful with vast capabilities, and it can be hard to know which processing steps to use and when to use […]
  • ISS long exposure photograph Credit: Mark Humpage

    A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing The International Space Station (ISS)

    If you have seen the International Space Station pass over you may want to have a go at photographing it by VirtualAstro – Universetoday If you have seen the International Space Station (ISS) pass over a few times with your own eyes, you may want to have a go at photographing it. Photographing the ISS is very worthwhile and gratifying. […]
  • looking at stars with binoculars

    Celestron Giant 15x70mm Binoculars Are Great For Casual Astronomy!

    Celestron Giant 15x70mm Binoculars Are Great For Casual Astronomy! I really love these! Sometimes you just want to have a quick look at Jupiter and its moons or the moon or maybe a fantastic widefield view of the Lagoon or Orion Nebula like I often do. How about some superb open clusters to finish off a short jog around the […]

Stargazers Weekly Night Sky Video…

Astronomy stargazers video

Star Parties across Canada…

Canada Star Party 2014

Gordon’s Park dark sky preserve…

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Tonight’s Sky video for August 2014…

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