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User / Trevor Dobson / Summer Milky Way at Lake Ninan, Western Australia
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Nikon d810a
50mm
ISO 6400
f/2.8
Foreground: 13 x 10 seconds
Sky: 43 x 30 seconds
iOptron SkyTracker
Nantong Foric H-Alpha 20nm narrowband filter

This is a 56 shot panorama of the 'Summer' Milky Way over Lake Ninan, two hours north east of Perth in Western Australia. It stretches from the California Nebula on the left side of the image to the Crux/Carina region on the right, including the Magellanic Clouds.

This is the first panorama I have taken with a dedicated H-Alpha filter, chiefly to greatly enhance the Ha regions of the night sky. This particular filter was the only Ha type I could find which screws onto the end of the lens, all others were clip in filters which require the complete remove of the lens in order to install them. Not particularly conducive to the multi shot panormas I normally take.

Aside from the regions already noted, other prominent features in the image are the Gum Nebula, the large red nebula to the left of the LMC. Near the middle of the image is the Seagull Nebula and to its left is the very well known Orion Nebula and Barnard's Loop, with the circular Lambda Orionis below it.

I have been to Lake Ninan many times but this is the first time I've seen it almost completely dry. There were some quite nice pressure ridges around the edges of the lake which was unexpected and, again, something I've never seen here before. I'll post those images later.
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  • Taken: Feb 11, 2024
  • Uploaded: Jan 13, 2024
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2024