Before moving to Shetland from Sheffield it virtually impossible to see the Milky Way due to Light Pollution. From the darkest spot in the Derwent Valley it was just visible.
Milky Way at St Ninian's
Milky Way at Scatness
Capturing the correct colours is a different matter. It is generally accepted that the core band of the Milky Way is a whitish cream colour, not the vivid purples, blues or greens that appear in some photos, but that's the photographer choice when processing.
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