Head outside the city
For the best photos, you need dark, clear skies - and those are hard to come by in urban areas. The light emitted from all the streetlights and buildings creates “light pollution”, and that makes it much harder to see the stars and other celestial objects. So, try to travel to remote or rural areas for the clearest skies.
Shoot on a clear day
Think about postponing your night sky shoot if you’ve experienced wet weather that day. After rain or wild weather, the air is often full of moisture and dust, which can affect the transparency of your photos.
Visit your shoot location during the day
That way, you can look for any interesting subjects to include in the foreground of your photos, like buildings or trees. These features not only draw in the viewer, but help them to appreciate the vastness of the sky.