Recently I have done more research on capturing the milky way galactic core. It amazes me how much we are able to capture of it now.
I wait until the new moon (or close to it) to capture the majority of my milky way photos. Many times it has been very cloudy and it was impossible to see any stars.
Completely clear skies make the milky way to see, but the photos I have captured with some clouds have been my favorites. The movement it shows really brings the photo to life.