This image was taken at the South Pacific Star Party in April 2007.

It’s a composite of a tracked 5 minute exposure for the sky, with a non-tracked 5 minute exposure for the foreground.

Taken with a Canon 350D and Sigma 17-70mm lens. Processed in Photoshop.

It’s now the feature image on the ASNSW’s SPSP page.

From the Vault: Observing the Milky Way

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.


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My name is Mike Salway and I’m an amateur astronomer and photographer.

I’m the co-founder of the Amateur Astronomy community site, IceInSpace, and my personal blog site and image gallery is at

I love high resolution planetary imaging and deep-space imaging using a telescope, and I love capturing wide field vistas that involve a lovely foreground scene combined with astronomical interest in the sky.

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  • Luchare
    Lucharealmost 6 years ago


  • Lindsay Woolnough (Oram)
    Lindsay Woolno...almost 6 years ago

    Wow…this is incredible

  • Steve  Liptrot
    Steve Liptrotalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing capture, instant fave!

  • retepk
    retepkalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture.

  • randomdumping
    randomdumpingalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice. Well done.

  • MelanieSpeaks
    MelanieSpeaksalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing…love it

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks to Luchare, Lindsay, Steve, retepk, randomdumping, Melanie and kathy for taking the time to comment.

    Jupiter is the bright “star” just above and to the left of centre.

  • Cheyenne
    Cheyennealmost 6 years ago

    WOW! Beautiful! This is amazing. :) :)

  • Gino Iori
    Gino Iorialmost 6 years ago

    Great night capture – congrats !

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