A short series of wide field views of the Milky Way, taken at the Macarthur Astronomical Society dark sky observing site at The Oaks.
Above: A Pair of adjacent Open Star Clusters. IC 2391, the Omicron Velorum Cluster (left) is about 50 arc-minutes in diameter and 580 light years distant. IC 2395 (right), is about 18 arc minutes in diameter and 2609 light years away. The bright mag 2 star on the left is Delta Velorum – actually a close double binary star system – and the brightest star in the sky without a name. In about 9000 years, this star will become the South Pole Star!