How to Find and Photograph the Milky Way

Chasing the Milky Way has been my drug of choice for the past year or so. Unfortunately, between about September and February, the milky way is not able to be seen at night here in Michigan. This creates a bit of a frustration for us astrophotographers. Finding the Milky Way and then shooting it are two difficult tasks on their own, but I'll show you my process for how I plan out a trip and execute a Milky Way photo-adventure.