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Photographing the Milky Way

I use Sun Surveyor to pin the date and Photopills (which has a cool Augmented Reality mode) to determine when and where to look. I think Sun Surveyor is pretty much self explanatory, but Photopills will take you some time getting used to; there are tutorials for Photopills available on YouTube and I highly recommend watching those.


That leaves the weather. In landscape photography we usually aim for dramatic weather, but for Milky Way photography we obviously need clear skies. If you live in Europe, then check out

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  1. Astro photography is something that I would like to try in the future. It’s probably something that goes hand in hand with wild camping (which isn’t something I would like to try in the future if I am honest). This is a fantastic article covering everything you need to know to get you started. Nice one mate.

    • Thanks Chris! I haven’t done any wild camping yet, but wouldn’t mind, actually (Iceland anyone?) Regarding night sky photography, there’s this moment of suspense before the image appears on the rear display, because you have to compose the shot in your mind – it’s pitch dark after all! You can’t even focus…

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