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  1. Been a while since I've done any astronomy but was in Iceland this week and even though the weather was generally not that great did get a couple of nights when the Aurora was pretty good for short spells. Have a bunch of photos to process but my focus was off for some of them, unfortunately, and I'm thinking I probably should have had the lens stopped down a step or two rather than wide open... I was concentrating on watching and enjoying the show rather than photographing it and the battery in my remote failed so some of them have some camera shake but good to get some images. This one: Nikon D40x, 50mm lens, f/1.8, 13s, ISO-100. Just a bit of curves in PS. Like I say, it's been a while and this is the first time I've imaged the aurora, so comments very welcome.
  2. A short timelapse of the Aurora the mob had on the Isle of Skye before getting into viewing the heavens with the dobs. Skye Aurora Timelapse Sorry there's no sound media isn't my speciality
  3. Cozzy

    IMG 0038aurora

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora from Carnforth Lancashire

    © Tim Costello

  4. Cozzy

    IMG 0037aurora

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora from Carnforth Lancashire

    © Tim Costello

  5. I'm on aurora flight expert guide duty at the moment (a tough job, but someone's got to do it!). Flew from Glasgow Airport on 26th and got decent substorm activity. Last night's flight was from Newcastle Airport and again, we were lucky enough to catch another substorm peak. Here's a shot from last night's flight. Other astronomers on board were Nigel Bradbury and Lee Sproats of Green Witch Telescopes. More room on these flights than sitting in a small plane opposite Liz Bonnin! Pete
  6. Out on a 6Hr 'Hunting the Northern Lights' trip with GLØD Explorer, 60 or so Km away from our base in Alta. Not as cold as we were expecting - or as much snow (which meant less cloudy skies). Also coincided with a G1/G2 magnetic storm hitting the Earth that increased the activity - very lucky! Witnessed around 10 auroral displays over the 4 days we were up in the Arctic Circle, 3 of which were magnificent! Got a lot of shots to go through and will perhaps make up some presentation for my local astronomy group.... We started out from Alta with thick cloud (and light snow falling). Our guide Sara drove south in the 4x4 and eventually we found some clearing skies. A hint of the aurora followed (so I took some constellation shots whilst waiting for the sky to clear). The aurora did put on a weak display that slowly grew stonger. Once it had started to fade we headed back.... within 5 minutes of doing so we could see activity rising - Sara pulled the mini bus over, we all jumped out (cameras still attached to tripods thankfully) and were just in time to catch this mesmerising 10 minute display (the shot below is from near the start! In this wide field image you can find the Hyades, Pleiades, Open Cluster - Melotte 20 in Perseus (above centre), to the right of that the Double Cluster and below that and a little to the right (obscured by the aurora somewhat) M31, The Andromeda Galaxy plus the Milky Way sticking out from the right edge of the aurora to the edge of the frame... The bright-ish star a third of the way along from the upper left is Capella in Auriga - a quick scan around that region yields the three open clusters. If you follow them out towards the left of the frame.... that faint smudge is M35 at the foot of Gemini! Manfrotto tripod mounted with hydrostatic ball head (trusty 8 year old, full frame 12Mp) Nikon D3 and the superb Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm. Perhaps time for the upgrade before the next trip - D810 currently the top choice.... This gives a field of view of approx: 114° - 84°, so at the angle I'm shooting at, this shot reaches up to near zenith. ISO 800, 15 sec, Mirror up function with cable release. NEF RAW file (lightly) processed in Adobe LightRoom. Damian
  7. Misses M and I have just returned from 4 fantastic days in Iceland. One night we went out on a guided tour to see the Aurora and we were not disappointed. Here are a selection of some of the images I managed to capture All pictures taken with Canon 1000D with Samyang 10mm lens.
  8. Hi guys. Here is a time lapse from which I have posted single frames few days ago. I have finished time lapse edit at last.
  9. On the evening of the 17th March in the north of Scotland the dancing lights of the aurora filled the sky and put on a mesmerising show (despite the misty conditions). Attached are a few of many wide angle shots of the aurora I obtained that evening. If you look closely at the images you can see the Plough - which will give a sense of scale to these wide angle shots. The images were taken near Strathy on the north coast of Scotland using an astro modded Canon 600D and 10-22mm Sigma wide angle lens (at 10mmFL). It's been a busy month for me, so it has taken a while to get a few pics processed. As a result these are not providing breaking news - I hope you enjoy seeing them nonetheless.
  10. Soupy

    Aurora over Huddesfield 28/02/2014

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora as seen 1am over Lepton in Huddersfield on the 28/02/2014 when the KPa was at storm level 7!
  11. My back garden isn't the most scenic spot I've photographed the northern lights from, but it is very convenient for just sitting back and enjoying the show ..... Timelapse footage of this display can be found here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/57299237@N05/12709581353/
  12. After a while dodging clouds, wintry showers and sea spray without much to show for it other than some moonlit night scenes, I was thinking it was time to give up and head home to bed. Then during a brief break in the clouds the Bz tipped sharply south giving a bright colourful display of the northern lights. Despite the bright moonlight the red aurora was clearly visible to the naked eye - what would it have looked like on a moonless night! Image captured near Castletown, Caithness just before midnight on the 14th Feb. Camera setting - ISO 800, 20s @ f/3.5. Luckily the moon went behind some thin cloud at this point allowing a slightly longer exposure without washing out the foreground. It would be good to have a dimmer switch for the Moon sometimes
  13. I'm ecstatic that I finally got a chance to see the aurora - I usually miss them whenever they make an appearance! It gave me a chance to try out my new lens (Samyang 14mm f2.8) with my Canon 70d, and I can tell it's going to be a firm favourite! Having never imaged the aurora before (and generally being pretty useless with processing software) I wasn't entirely sure how best to process them, but I think they turned out ok in the end!
  14. Cozzy

    IMG 0033aurora

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora from Carnforth Lancashire

    © Tim Costello

  15. Cozzy

    IMG 0002aurora

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora from Carnforth Lancashire

    © Tim Costello

  16. So I've spend years actually trying to get images of the Northern Lights and I'm not the worlds best photographer at the best of times (hence the conversion to astrophotography taking a while!) but finally managed to get some good images this weekend in Iceland. Thanks for looking
  17. The Milky Way and a hint of aurora showing in the starry skies over the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe (the Flow Country of Caithness & Sutherland). Single two minute exposure (f3.5; 16mm FL; ISO 1600) captured using an astro modded Canon 600D on a Star Adventurer mount........... A fabulous scenic dark location - 21.7 on a Unihedron light meter. This was the third night in a row I got to enjoy views of the aurora
  18. Hi there I m on holiday in Iceland mainly for Aurora but there is no shortage of photographic day shots. After an extra nights unexpected stay I went out into a snow blizzard as I hoped there would be some gaps in the cloud. It was a long three hour wait but I was rewarded with a superb 5-10 minute display. Here is a 6s, Iso 10000, f/2.8 shot from Pingvellir park. I ll post a video of the stills I was taking when I get back. This is about number 55/70 in the sequence. Thanks Tom.
  19. Nadine2704

    Aurora over Perthshire

    From the album: My (very amateurish) attempts at astrophotography!

    Aurora over Perthshire Canon 70d, Samyang 14mm f.8 lens

    © Nadine Sabbagh

  20. A few Aurora images from Carnforth between 20:15 and 21:30 hrs. Using Canon 1000D lens set at 55 mm, 15 and 30 second exposures. Thanks for looking Tim
  21. All shot with Canon 7D and Sigma 10mm diagonal fisheye lens, f/2.8, ISO 6400, exposures 10 seconds for auroras and 30 seconds for Milky Way. I was hoping for overhead display but it doesn't happened, at least we have not bad weather and we have seen auroras on three nights out of four. Photographed auroras are just weak KP2 activity but it looks like KP4 from far north of Scotland brightness wise.
  22. stevebb

    Aurora in Scotland

    From the album: Stevebb.com

    The aurora borealis end of January 2013 from a beach in Durness, northern Scotland last week in January 2013

    © Stephen Bowden

  23. stevebb

    Aurora in Scotland

    From the album: Stevebb.com

    The aurora borealis end of January 2013 from a beach in Durness, northern Scotland last week in January 2013

    © Stephen Bowden

  24. Cozzy

    IMG 0039aurora

    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora from Carnforth Lancashire

    © Tim Costello

  25. Hi all Had a really good annual trip to Iceland this year for Aurora and managed to get some good imaging done. All taken on the Canon 1100D @f3.6 ISO400. Taken over the 15th and 16th of November 2014. Sadly the battery went about 2am on the first night and in changing it, it looks like I've knocked out the focus a bit so some aren't as tight as they could be. Chosen a few of the best in this album. Thanks for looking! Cheers Will
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