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Norfolk photographer’s 23,000 mile round-trip to capture image of entire Milky Way

PUBLISHED: 11:11 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 April 2018

The photograph of the entire Milky Way, captured by Norfolk photographer Shaun Reynolds. Picture: Shaun Reynolds

The photograph of the entire Milky Way, captured by Norfolk photographer Shaun Reynolds. Picture: Shaun Reynolds

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For most of us, a glimpse of the Milky Way would be exciting enough.

Photographer Shaun Reynolds. PIcture: Shaun ReynoldsPhotographer Shaun Reynolds. PIcture: Shaun Reynolds

But one Norfolk photographer has travelled 23,000 miles to capture what he believes is a world first - a picture of the entire galaxy we call home.

Shaun Reynolds, from Ditchingham, has spent years capturing the night sky, with many of his photographs used in national astronomy magazines.

But he had long held a dream to photograph the entire Milky Way from the ground - an impossible task from one location.

So, instead, he photographed the northern half at Lands End in Cornwall, taking 35 separate shots, before bringing them together into one picture. And, for the southern half, he travelled the 23,000 mile round-trip to the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand in March, getting up at 4am to take the 36 separate shots.

The images were then stitched together to create the one photograph, which he believes is a world first.

“I love a challenge,” he said, “and I’m really chuffed I managed to do it.”

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