This is the heart of the Milky Way our own galaxy. The section that you see here is mostly the constellation of Saggitarius.
Almost in the centre is the nebula M8 or usually known as the Lagoon.A little way to the right is the Nebula M20 or the Trifid so named as there are a series of dark lanes crossing the face of the nebula spliting it into 3 sections. The nebula is the top right corner is the Swan. Most visible are the many dark lanes that run across the face of the stars. these are not spaces between stars but rather dark clouds of dust and gas that obscure the klight of the background stars.
This phot was taken with a Nikon D300 with the 70-200 vr Nikon Lens set at f2.8 with an exposure of 4 minutes. this is a composite of 4 images overlayed in CS3 to reduce the grain from shooting at ISO 800.
This image was taken at Coonabarabran in the central west of NSW.