Hello all - I'm lucky enough to sneak away to the Maldives for a few nights next week, definitely excited! I'm hoping to spend a few nights shooting astro of the stars and milky way while I'm there. I've read a few of the guides that mention apps for your phone, but I've never had the best of luck with the free ones to actually locate the milky way (likely user error since I'm rarely in a dark enough spot to learn to use them). Is there anywhere on the web that I can find out what time of night the milky way should be visible?
My understanding is that:
- in February I won't be able to see the core, or just barely entering the season in Southern hemisphere, but I should still be able to see bands
- I should be looking south
- new moon is preferable, which we'll be in between new moon and first quarter
however, is there an optimal time of night that I'll be able to see it best? Midnight, 2am, 4am, etc? Is it visible at all hours of night once its dark?
I'm planning to trip to New Zealand in April where I really want some nice night astro shots, so I'm hoping for this to be a warm-up as far as learning the basics for shooting the milky way. This trip will be the first time I've been in a dark sky location when it wasn't right in the middle of the full moon.