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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.


astronomy, astrophotography, clusters, milky, nebula, stars, telescope, way


  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 5 years ago

    Cool as mate!

  • Thank you very much David

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Paul Woloschuk
    Paul Woloschukabout 5 years ago

    As a lapsed Astronomer (!), I can well appreciate the work to capture this image Andrew.
    Was the camera piggy-back mounted onto a telescope?

  • The camera was piggybacked on a 12" f5 newtonian on a Paramount. The scope is in the posession of Steve Lee a friend of mine. It is located in his front yard about 10km from Coonabarabran.
    Thanks for the comment Paul.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • helene
    heleneabout 5 years ago

    Amazing and beautiful

  • Thank you very much Helene

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Wow, Andrew well done. Amazing capture!

  • Thanks Barbara, although I seem to remember a good view of the night sky from Sedona when I was there.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 5 years ago

    Stunning :)

  • Thank you very much Paulette

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Gary

    – Andrew Murrell

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanabout 5 years ago

    magic stuff and truly awe inspiring!

  • It would not be hard for me to help you achieve somthing like this from were you live Mandy

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Wow amazing!!

  • Thanks Kim I appreciate the comment

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Deborah McGrath
    Deborah McGrathabout 5 years ago

    No wonder your hooked on ‘star gazing’ what an awesome sight. Thanks for sharing.

  • But you get to see that with the eye any clear night where you live which is even better. Thanks Deborah

    – Andrew Murrell

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