During my May trip to Italy, I had just one night on the Gargano peninsula and it was grey and very rainy all day long. I therefore decided to have a good dinner and call it a night. While walking from the beachfront restaurant back to my hotel, I noticed that some stars were starting to show and I decided to drive to this spot and give it a try. To my surprise the sky was absolutely clear by the time I arrived.
The coasts of Italy are beautiful, but extremely challenging for nightscapes, because of a crazy amount of light pollution. The Gargano peninsula is one of the darker areas, but the line of sight to the southeast, where the Milky Way rises, is exactly along the Apulian coast with many brightly lit towns.
It therefore was one of the rare occasions where I used my light pollution filter and I doubt I would have been able to capture any decent Milk without it.
– Canon EOS 6D, astro modified
– Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART
– iOptron Skytracker Pro
– nachtlicht° light pollution filter
3 x 90s @ ISO 1600 / f/2.8, tracked
3 x 50s @ISO1600 f/1.4