• Crux Constellation (Southern Cross)
  • The roof of my house (oops!).
  • Galatic centre
  • Coalsack Dark Nebula
  • Rigel Kentaurus (Alpha Centauri)
  • Hadar (Beta Centauri)
  • Southern Pleiades (Theta Carinae Cluster)
  • Musca Constellation (Apis - "The Fly")
  • Triangulum Australe Constellation
  • Apus Constellation
  • Pipe Dark Nebula
  • Cat's Paw Nebula

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This is my first attempt at imaging a portion of the Milky Way Galaxy from my back garden. The Crux Constellation and Coalsack Dark Nebula can be seen near the bottom of the photograph. At the top of the photograph the Milky Way's galatic centre is captured in this view.

Twenty stacked 20-second exposures at ISO 800, f/4.0, 17mm.

I recommend Stellarium (a free open source planetarium software) for anyone interested in looking at the night sky.

Included in the notes are the positions of: Alpha Centauri, Beta Centauri, Apus Constellation, Coalsack Dark Nebula, Crux Constellation, Milky Way Galaxy, Musca Constellation, Cat's Paw Nebula, Pipe Dark Nebula, Triangulum Australe Constellation, Southern Pleiades.

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  1. Starwitch Stone 29 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo! Definitely a favorite!

  2. dcysurfer / Dave Young 29 months ago | reply

    Starwitch Stone, thank you for commenting.

  3. simonxcy55 29 months ago | reply

    Oh dude this is fantastic. Really good.

  4. dcysurfer / Dave Young 29 months ago | reply

    simonxcy55, thank you for your kind comments.

  5. sacmaph 25 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful. I've used it for my background in a university assignment (under your CC license) - raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s3328538/korsakow/

  6. Daisuke Kondo 25 months ago | reply

    Amazing and I love to try this!!

  7. gregski34 22 months ago | reply

    Was this shot threw a telescope

  8. dcysurfer / Dave Young 22 months ago | reply

    gregski34, it was taken without a telescope.

  9. gregski34 22 months ago | reply

    Well great shot wish the sky was that clear here

  10. jonticles 21 months ago | reply

    very impressive

  11. PsJeremy 16 months ago | reply

    Superb capture and stacking. I just sold my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope though.

  12. dcysurfer / Dave Young 16 months ago | reply

    Thanks PsJeremy. I must revisit this stack and run it through a newer process to see if I can achieve a better composite image. Are you replacing the 8" Dobsonian with another telescope? I'm tempted to have a go at building a Dobsonian telescope with an equatorial platform.

  13. andrew lorien 11 months ago | reply

    hey Dave,
    i run a tiny jazz club in sydney, and i wanted an image for my email list for this crazy free jazz live star improv thing. colbourneave.cafechurch.org.au/component/k2/item/255-the-...
    i used your image, so thanks to you and the creative commons!

  14. dcysurfer / Dave Young 11 months ago | reply

    You're welcome, Andrew.

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