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  1. Ok, this is useless information but I just located what was the Hotel Maritimo (from my 1996 & 7 stays) via Googlemaps: the name is still visible in Street view, but the map now labels the building as a funeral home!
  2. This could be useful thread for me too, as I'm in the early stages of looking at a trip to La Palma. I'm not a driver, so I've been looking at a guided trekking tour with Exodus (I've used them before for trips to Nepal, France, the Azores and Iceland). It's not cheap, but they use accommodation in different areas over the week, so I imagine at least some of those could suit dark sky viewing and photography. In any case there is one night of organised night sky viewing. However, it would not be my first trip to La Palma. I joined two thoroughly enjoyable tours there in 1996 and 1997, guided by Dr Peter Cattermole. Not surprising, there were geological as well as astronomical themes. As well as having a guided tour of the William Herschel and Isaac Newton telescopes, we were fortunate enough to be in La Palma while Comet Hyakutake was at it's best . Along with a few others, I photographed it from the roof of the Hotel Maritimo in Santa Cruz. The second tour, in 1997 coincided with Hale Bopp, but it was past its best by then. Regards, Mike
  3. Ah, posted at the some moment, Ruud
  4. Hi Oto, You won't damage your eyes looking at the Moon without a filter, but it will make it more comfortable to view (especially at low magnification). Regards, Mike.
  5. Many thanks, all, for the kind comments! Best regards, Mike.
  6. Thanks for viewing! Regards, Mike.
  7. I did capture some aurora on 10 Jan, but it barely showed through high cloud; the next night was entirely lost to low cloud, so the last display for me was on 12 Jan:
  8. 9 Jan was partly cloudy, but there was still some activity:
  9. The second night (8 Jan) was the best by far. While outside in the evening I photographed a broad wash of green all over the sky, but the most impressive structure appeared only later as I was about to go to bed. In addition to my original post in this thread, I captured the following:
  10. No, I didn't try the rye porridge - perhaps next time, lol! I walked down amongst the trees, along the well-trodden snow-shoe paths, to escape the lights. The tour rep had suggested walking up the hill - but I didn't know where I could (and couldn't) walk that way to be honest, and I didn't try. My time-lapse was created pretty much by default - I was restricted by the window view during the chance viewing of the most active display, and I didn't move the tripod much while I took 6 Gb of images! If and when I post on Flickr I'll provide a link, if that's appropriate. In the meantime, some more images. From my first night (7 Jan), when the aurora was not very active but comprised a distinct pale green arc low towards the North:
  11. Thanks, Fozzie! Yes, the photo was actually taken from my room at the Saaga Hotel. Luckily I had looked out of the window just before getting into bed that night, and only then realised I could see the aurora from there! I proceeded to take about 6 Gb of images over the next 90 minutes as the display developed and until cloud moved in about 1:30am. I found it funny that I'd captured lesser displays while outside in all my cold weather gear, but there I was photographing this while in my pyjamas . By the way, if my room had been across the corridor the view would have been into the floodlit car park. I too spoke to others who had failed to see the aurora all week. I suspect either they did not try to get away from the artificial lights, or they hadn't been patient enough to wait for clouds to clear or for a display to develop. I'm in the process of working through the photos, and will post more shortly. I also have a time lapse of this display, though I'm not sure I can display that on SGL. Regards, Mike.
  12. Hi Sean, Thanks. I took a ski package with Inghams with the specific intention of watching for the Northern Lights - as I don't have an interest in Winter sports . It was a bit of a gamble, as I'd previously been to ski resorts only in the Summer for walking (and photography) and I didn't know to what extent I could get around. The answer was not as much as I hoped (I didn't realise the mapped paths were just for cross-country skiers). Still, I was able to explore to an extent (including via snow-shoes) and do plenty of landscape photography - while waiting for nightfall and possible aurorae. Incidentally I have joined so-called aurora tour groups in the past, but have found that the majority of fellow travellers have little interest in making the effort required to see the aurora. Best regards, Mike.
  13. Thanks, Ruud. Yep, coming from southwest England I love to see the Northern Lights when I get the chance. However, I'm mostly a deep sky imager - so I'm sure they would become a nuisance at times if I lived as far north as Yllas . Regards, Mike.
  14. Hi Having just completed a week's holiday in Yllas, Finnish Lapland, in the hope of viewing and photographing the Northern Lights, I'm delighted to say that it did not disappoint! During my stay, I was able to view and capture aurorae on 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 January - i.e. 5 of my 7 nights. Even the weather co-operated, with two of the nights forecast as 'mostly cloudy' actually being almost entirely clear (at least while I was still awake ). To be fair, at least one of the displays I captured was barely visible to the eye. However, the photo below was taken on the night of 8/9 January, at the peak of the best display. Details: 6 seconds at f/2 and ISO 1600; Canon EOS 7D and Samyang 24mm f/1.4. Regards, Mike.
  15. Astro plans 2018

    Happy New Year to all! My immediate plans are hopefully to photograph aurorae in Finland later this month. Otherwise, continuing to image deep sky objects, wide-field views, and my favourite objects - comets (let's hope for bright one ). The sky from my back garden is quite dark, but there is direct glare from one streetlight and the view is somewhat obstructed. Thus I hope to make more use of 'my' dark sky site with portable equipment - a grassy bank above a local beach with a view to the south over the sea - ideal for the Summer Milky Way! Regards, Mike.