You don't need a telescope to photograph the Milky Way this summer

The Milky Way
(Image credit: NASA)

As we move into late summer, astrophotographers and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere have the perfect opportunity to view the luminescent heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, without the need for a telescope.  

The best shot is at New Moon, so the natural light doesn’t interfere. Find yourself a dark spot as free as possible of artificial light, and wait for the clouds to clear. 

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Leonie Helm
Staff Writer

After graduating from Cardiff University with an Master's Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications Leonie developed a love of photography after taking a year out to travel around the world. 

While visiting countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine with her trusty Nikon, Leonie learned how to capture the beauty of these inspiring places, and her photography has accompanied her various freelance travel features. 

As well as travel photography Leonie also has a passion for wildlife photography both in the UK and abroad.