Take a trip out to Koolanooka Springs, about 28kms from town. On a moonless night, the starry sky is spectacular. The rock formations and bush landscape provide a variety of compositions for astrophotographers.
In season, there may be opportunities to capture nightscapes with carpets of wildflowers in bloom.
The image above was taken by Brian Sture, a local WA Astrophotographer. The Andromeda Galaxy can be seen is a field of stars in this dark sky location. It would be worth trying for deep sky astrophotography at this location.
To drive to Koolanooka Springs, travel east from the town of Morawa on Jones Lake Road, turn left into Fallon Road, and then right into Koolanooka Springs Road.
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Facilities: Toilets and BBQ’s. Camping is permitted.
Mobile coverage (Telstra): Minimal to none.
Sky Quality Meter Reading
21.25 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded on 16th July 2018.
21.99 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded on 1st December 2018. What is a Sky Quality Meter Reading?
At the north entrance to the town of Morawa there’s a huge Southern Cross windmill that is perfect for some interesting astrophotography. The windmill is very tall and makes an imposing structure with the southern sky behind it. An occasional car might pass by. The reflection of headlights on the windmill can add an unexpected result to images!
Facilities: None, however it’s conveniently close to overnight accommodation in town.
Mobile coverage: Good reception.
Sky Quality Meter Reading:
Stargazing & Tourism Information
The local community welcomes you to use telescopes and binoculars or enjoy an evening of stargazing here.
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For accommodation, meals and other sightseeing in the local area, check in with the local visitor centre.
Beautiful images of WA’s night sky and landscape can be easily achieved with DSLR, mirrorless and even smart phone cameras!
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