Milky Way Galaxy over the Domes of the Bungle Bungles

You know the skies are dark when you can see the Milky Way overhead, even when there’s a more than half-moon shining brightly high in the west sky. And that’s what it was like at the Bungle Bungles.

This image is an 8 frame panorama, taken on Piccaninny Creek bed with my Canon 5D Mk II and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, while the Canon 40D was taking a star trails image.

Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles

Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles. Buy this Print.

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Seeing the arching milky way over the domes of the Bungle Bungles reminds me of those fantastic two nights in Purnululu National Park – a stunning array of domes, cliffs, gorges, bushland and dark dark skies.

Each frame was a 30s exposure, f/2.8 ISO3200. Panorama created using Auto Pano Pro, and the image was processed in Photoshop CS5.

I was very excited to see this image chosen as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for September 11th, 2012. What a thrill!

I have since written a detailed guide on how I captured and processed the image, How To: Capturing and Processing the Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles.

You can see the rest of my pics from the Kimberley Tour by browsing the Kimberley tag posts.

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40 responses to “Milky Way Galaxy over the Domes of the Bungle Bungles”

  1. Suman says:

    Great shot mike!! Love the colors

  2. Ian Mills says:

    Hi Mike, I’d love to purchase a large print of this … can you write to me please when it may be available?
    vk2him at gmail dot com

    • Mike Salway says:

      Hi Ian

      Thanks so much – I’ll get in touch via email. I can arrange prints of it now if you’re keen – it will be a few weeks before I have it ready to order here on my website.

      Did you want it just the print, or framed too?
      What print size were you after?

      I use – they’re the same printers/framers that Ken Duncan uses. The quality is brilliant.


  3. Wayne Harrison says:

    Some fabulous shots Mike, but this is my favourite.

    I have what is probably a stupid question to ask, so I’ll do that via a more private email.

    Thanks for sharing these.

  4. Bill Lee says:

    I found out about this image via the Universe Today daily email, and think it is remarkable!

    I have just started doing panoramas and like it a lot. I have yet to try it at night; seeing this photo has gotten me excited about doing so!

    Thanks! ..Bill..
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  5. Colin ( Flash ) says:

    That is outstanding … what a photo …. imagine seeing that every night.

    Mike … you get to see things that most of us would dream of.

    Well Done…!!

  6. amin says:

    I am also an amateur astronomer … This is great … What is greatness in creation … Where are we in the universe?

  7. Sriram says:

    Hi Mike,

    Wow, this is the very best of milky way from our ground ever captured. Must have been beautiful seeing it all with your eyes.

    A stupid question out of curiosity –

    The domes are seen lit in front of a band of the milky way. However, I suppose you can find such brilliance of stars only under pitch dark new moon sky. How did you manage to get stars lit up so well during dawn/morning (or the domes lit up in the darkness of night) ? This may be a stupid question for many – I am amateur and still learning.

    Whatever be your answer, this is the best land and sky combination I’ve ever seen !! Wow, wow ….
    great work.


    • Mike Salway says:

      Hi Sriram,
      Thanks so much for your comment and feedback.

      It was about 10pm at night, so the stars were nice and bright – but the domes were lit up by a waxing crescent Moon high in the West – so the lighting was perfect to light up the foreground while still having a dark enough sky to see the Milky Way.

      Thanks again!

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  9. David says:

    Lovely pic, Mike! Any change of a wallpaper-sized version? I have a 1920×1200 monitor that would look great with your image on it.
    Thanks so much!

  10. Wayne Harrison says:

    Hi Mike – can you broadcast a message when you have the wallpaper version up please – that’ll do me too !!


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  12. Patrick says:


    How much to use it as my cover photo on my facebook page?

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  14. John H says:

    Please give us a shout when the wallpaper come up :)

  15. Turquezza says:

    Sou brasileira. Fiquei na Austrália por um mes de férias.
    Amo este país e um dia, quem sabe, morarei aí.
    Eu amo o Outback (Ayers Rock) até já pintei em tela.
    Parabéns pelas fotos.

    • Mike Salway says:

      Thanks very much for your comment. Google Translate helped me find out what you wrote :)
      I haven’t been to Ayers Rock yet but it’s definitely on my must-do list!
      All the best to you.

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  20. Felix says:

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve been promoting your photos in my workplace. :)

    Met quite a few here who are interested in Astrophotography, and I introduced to your website, they may talk to you about Astrophotography and the yearly gathering at Central Coast.

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