One of the reasons for purchasing the new ( to me) Canon EOS 650d was for astrophotography. The 1000d while a good basic camera had a sensor that was too noisy to really give a good astro image. No so the 650D with its 18 mp sensor. We had a good moon free night last night with the centre of the Milky way over head and the Southern Cross lowering over the old cowshed at the back of the house.
Looking southwest, the constellation Carina lies on its side above the power-pole and the coal sack region and Magellanic clouds are visible. Stacked image comprised of four frames. Note the light trail left by a passing flight heading for Auckland.