Aurora and Milky Way core at the same time? While not super common, it’s totally possible to capture both at the same time!
I can think of 4 major factors that play a role here:
☑️Location- north far enough or south far enough
☑️Solar activity- this leads to aurora activity
☑️Timing- in regards to the new moon and MW positioning
On this night in New Zealand the plan was to hit up this lighthouse for MW but on the way down there we drove through lots of rain and the forecast said partly cloudy all night. It was one of the rare times I stuck to my plan and made the 4hr drive with 🤞🏻. About 25 min from the lighthouse I saw “lit up clouds” in the distance. The oddness of the clouds and the way they moved reminded me aurora so I pulled out my camera and took a test shot from the moving car. I never checked the aurora report so this was a great surprise. Iso cranked as high as the camera could shoot revealed some green on the horizon. At that point I started praying for the sky to clear as fast as possible! Prayers were answered: and this is the result:)
Shot on a Sony a7 + Rokinon 14 @2.8 , 25sec, iso 6400 I also used one Lumecube with an amber gel to help with the selfie. - 31 minutes ago