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Image of the Milky way taken at Coonabarabran with the Nikon D300 and an 11mm lens. The image stretches from Crux to Aquila. The Bright star at the bottom is Jupiter. This image is a combination of 2 five minute exposures at f4.5.

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  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertalmost 6 years ago

    Very beautiful image!

  • Thank you

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronalmost 6 years ago

    It was when I was in Coona, 22 years ago, seeing the galactic centre rising like this, that I fully appreciated the Milky Way for what it is. Thanks for the reminder – this is magnificent.

  • Thank you for your kind words. I must admit that when I need a MW fix in summer I look at this image.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • retepk
    retepkalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakeralmost 6 years ago

    I love astronomical photos, my imagination just soars!

  • I find that Astronomy has that effect on me as well.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • schizomania
    schizomaniaalmost 6 years ago

    That’s a pretty amazing shot from earth. Nicely done

  • thank you

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Alexander Mcrobbie-Munro
    Alexander Mcro...almost 6 years ago

    great capture…..have you tried any startrail shots ?

  • I have yes but not with the digital. My f70 Nikon has done may startrail images. You can make a star trail image from combining lots of 30 second images in a programme called aptly enough Startrails.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • PJS15204
    PJS15204almost 6 years ago

    oh so nice!! I’m a huge fan of astro photography :)

  • I do perfer to look through my scope rather than take images BUT these wide field images are so much fun to take.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Misty Lackey
    Misty Lackeyalmost 6 years ago

    wow this is great

  • Thanks Misty

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Russell Cockman
    Russell Cockmanalmost 6 years ago

    A lovely result. Nice structure in those dust lanes and you’ve captured “The Emu” perfectly. Well done.

  • Its amazing the detail you can capture from a nice dark site. What I like about this image is the way the dust lane changes after the Galatic centre. The arm between the Coal Sack and the galatic centre is where the star formation is happening, hence the blue colour of the stars and the red nebula. After the Galatic centre the Dark lanes become more difusse and the predominate colour of the stars is yellow and red, as we are looking at the back end of the Cygnus spiral arm. The Galaxy appears to be rotating clockwise.
    Sorry for the lecture.
    BTW thanks for your comments

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks Scott

    – Andrew Murrell

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