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When Summer approaches, Astro photographers start planning to find dark areas with an interesting foreground to create a nightscape that is memorable.
In Malta the Milky-way is best seen and photographed between June till October.
What you need.
DSLR camera - Preferably Full Frame
Lens - An aperture of 2.8 of bigger (My favourite lens is the Samyang 24mm F1.4)
Tripod - When taking long exposures of the night sky — 15–40 seconds you are going
to need a very sturdy platform to put your camera on.
Remote Shutter - Highly recommended especially when stacking.
Planning - If you are a beginner ,using special software like stellarium will help
you locate the milky-way easily .
Safety - Be careful out there , especially on your own. If you don't know the location well
I suggest to go scouting the area during the day and it's always good to have a buddy especially at night.
Here are the best times to capture some great Milky-way photography from the Maltese Islands.
Mid June - 1.00am onwards
Mid July - 11.30pm onwards
Mid August - 10.00pm onwards
Mid September - 9.00pm onwards
Mid October - 8.00 pm onwards
LOCATIONS - Preferably South / South west.
Milky-way arch over Ras Id-Dawwara (Rabat)
The Milky-way over Fungus Rock - San Lawrenz (Gozo)
The Milky-way arch over Ta'Marija caves - Mgarr Malta
The Milky-way Arch over Ras il-Mignuna (Qrendi)
The Milky-way Arch over Riviera Beach
The Milky-way from Gebel Ciantar (Siggiewi)