ON a trip to Warwick to scope out our skies, amateur astronomer Peter Allison viewed galaxies up to 200million light years away from Rosenthal Heights.

On a time-lapse video, he captured three scenes between 8pm and 3.30am.

The first was the southern cross and the milky way, then the Orion constellation setting and the third was the moon rising.

Mr Allison said there was a lot more in the sky than people realised and all that was needed was a good spot, good equipment and a dark night to see it.

"You just get sucked into it because it's just jaw-dropping what you can see," he said.

"It's just the wonder of the sky and it gets the imagination going."

Mr Allison filmed it all on a Canon camera, which took a photo every fifteen seconds and complied them into a video.

But equipment isn't always required, as Mr Allison said constellations and planets could be seen with the naked eye.

At this time of year, gazers can also see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn about 2am.

"At about midnight in the eastern sky, there'll be a bright thing you'll think is a star but it's Jupiter," MrAllison said.

"About May would be a good month to go out and have a look at the planets high in the sky."

Mr Allison said he had always been fascinated by space and now there were even mobile applications that could help people spot sights in the sky above.