Thankyou for your replies. Sadly there was alot of whispy cloud around, but it didn't stop me going. I managed to get some pictures of the milky way but with a fair bit of cloud. It is certainly dark enough to capture the milky way there Regarding the 600 rule... At 18mm the stars still trail after just 13 seconds, so most of my exposures were shot at 10 seconds f2.8, iso was upto 10000 when pointing at the darker areas of the sky. I was rather tired when i got home so only processed a couple of shots. Will figure out how to post the images as i'm currently at work using my mobile.