Tips & tricks
Location, location, location Find somewhere with no light pollution, no passing traffic and a clear view to the south west. Firm ground would be a bonus too.
Keep it tight
Make sure everything on your tripod is tightened up and fixed firmly in place before taking photos. The slightest slip will give you blurry photos.
Grab as much sky as you can Use the widest angle lens in your kit bag. A standard 50mm lens will do, but you’ll capture much more of the Milky Way with an 18mm or wider lens.
Keep your exposures short
Make sure you take exposures short enough to keep the stars as pinpoints. Expose too long and you’ll get trails instead.