I am a huge fan of Milky Way. I get transformed into a small child when I see stars. The dust in the sky, the shooting stars and the star trails, everything excites me. I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to live in Australia, where Milky Way is visible almost from everywhere.
What is Milky Way?
Milky Way is our home. Our Solar System resides in Milky Way. It is the galaxy in which we live in. A galaxy is a collection of stars and all the interstellar components. There are more than 100 million stars in our galaxy.
How can we see Milky Way if we reside in it?
When the photographers or the astronomers say that they see Milky Way, they are addressing the core of the galaxy. This is the brightest part of our galaxy and is very concentrated that it is visible to the naked eye.
Places to see Milky Way in NSW
In this post I have tried to list 10 places in New South Wales (NSW) where Milky Way can be spotted quite easily.
- Warrumbungle National Park – Warrumbungle National Park is the darkest place in NSW is around 550 kilometres from Sydney.
- Blue Mountains – About 75 kms from Sydney, Blue mountains offer a great opportunity to capture Milky Way. This is one of closer options from Sydney.
- Mungo Brush – Mungo Brush campground is within the Myall Lakes National Park and is about 230 kms from Sydney.
- Glenworth Valley – Nestled in the Central Coast region of NSW, the distance of the valley is about 65 kms from Sydney.
- Eden – About 550 kms from Sydney to the south, this is one of the farthest places. But the beauty this place offers is something worth traveling for.
- Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse – The lighthouse is in the Seal Rocks region of NSW. It is about 280 kms from Sydney.
- Bombo Beach – This beach is part of Kiama, and is about 120 kms from Sydney. Kiama is easily accessible by train from Sydney.
- Turimetta Beach – This beach is closest to Sydney, and is at a distance of just 30 kms.
- Barrenjoey Lighthouse – The lighthouse stands at the Palm beach. And is about 45 kms from Sydney.
- Thredbo – Distance of about 500 kms from Sydney, and is located in Kosciuszko National Park.
Best time to view Milky Way
The best time to view the clear skies to see the Milky Way is in winters. And winters in NSW is between the months May and October.
I love clicking the Milky Way and I love the shots that my camera captures of these beautiful glittering stars. However, there are few settings to keep in mind while clicking the Milky Way:
- Wide angle lens
- Lowest f point – ideally f1.4 to f4.
- ISO – 1600 to 3200.
- Shutter speed – about 15 to 20 seconds.
Note: A tripod is a must to get a clear picture of Milky Way and less the moonlight, the better the picture is.
And ensure to try various settings with the above baseline to get the best results.