Narrabri, NSW. Australia…

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Narrabri, NSW. Australia…

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This is by far, one of our favourite astrophotography images of all time! We have such a strong passion & admiration for shooting the stars above & we’d only dreamed of capturing something like this in Australia. We had previously shot the more popular satellite dish in Parkes, NSW a while back (made famous from the movie “The Dish”), but due to bright flood lights & restricted access around the grounds at night, we were left disheartened with how the image turned out. For a long time, we believed that we’d never get the opportunity to shoot something like this again unless we went overseas…that is, until now. 

We’d been researching some months later & stumbled across the 'Australian Telescope Compact Array' located about 25 km west of the town of Narrabri in rural NSW. It's an array of six 22m antennas, used for radio astronomy. It’s operated by CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division & is the largest & most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. The 6 antennas work together as one telescope, with 5 being able to move along a 3km railway track.

Never actually seeing an astro shot from here before, we started to research & plan our dream shot over coming the years. Recently, when the conditions were just right, we finally made the 9 hour journey down here. We waited patiently one evening until about midnight when the Milky Way was in an optimal position & the dish’s were at the perfect angle. We had taken a few images through out the night, but this was an absolute stand out for us. The leading lines of the Milky Way complimented by the larger dish right of frame made for an incredible composition that really complimented the scene. This was without a doubt, one of the best & most memorable moments in our career as landscape photographers & a night we will never forget! 

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