Oh Boy do I feel foolish...
Well, impoverished actually. This weekend my wife and I joined some friends in a cottage near Kangaroo Valley. Extremely dark skies! At a convenient moment, I secretly togged up, grabbed my bino's and headed outdoors to look for the milky way. Theres me thinking I would need 15 minutes minimum to gain my night vision first. My excuse for never having noticed what is quite probably the most dominating object in the sky is that I have spent a life time in the northern hemisphere in light and other polluted skies. I couldnt beleieve what I saw, the Milky way just about everywhere and so clearly visible. nI wish I had taken the scope but it didnt seem the right thing to do when packing.
Thanks to all for the help.
Ken that photo is great, what length of exposure did you use, would 30 secs be enough as thats all my camera can handle.
Rajah, I have a large Planisphere but didnt think to look at it. Thats because I've become accustomed to using the laptop and Pocket pc to locate things so I should get out there and practice with it more. Thanks for the tip