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Noctilucent Cloud and What to Look For

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With the NLC season anticipated to start later this month, Sandra Brantingham (BAA Aurora & NLC Section Director), has written an article about NLC on the BAA website.

 

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When they say "the Northern hemisphere" what ranges do they mean? I thought at 27° I was possibly too low to see any NLC's.

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As Sandra says, NLC do seem to be visible further south each year, with recordings in southern France last year.

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Easy to mistake before you seen it for the first time, I went a couple of years before I knowingly saw any. Once I had seen those incredible ghostly ripples in the early hours, I don't think I will ever mistake them again.

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I only spotted my first NLCs (from 53 deg N), last year, on the night of July 15. To the naked eye they were only a ghostly blur just above the horizon, but the camera showed them in their full glory.

A shot with my Canon EOS 80D and Samyang 10mm F/2.8

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Same clouds with the Canon EOS 80D and 50mm F/1.4

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On ‎21‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 08:07, michael.h.f.wilkinson said:

I only spotted my first NLCs (from 53 deg N), last year, on the night of July 15. To the naked eye they were only a ghostly blur just above the horizon, but the camera showed them in their full glory.

A shot with my Canon EOS 80D and Samyang 10mm F/2.8

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Same clouds with the Canon EOS 80D and 50mm F/1.4

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Beautiful Michael, the highlight of the summer months!

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They are beautiful images...    What time were you   awake/asleep   to in order to capture them ??

 

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10 minutes ago, Craney said:

They are beautiful images...    What time were you   awake/asleep   to in order to capture them ??

 

Midnight, in my case

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That's about the time of astronomical darkness in these parts.... so something to look out for before setting the imaging run going

 

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I saw my 1st ones at around 3am, got up ridiculously early to photograph them before work. I remember feeling very jaded at work later, but still buzzing from the thrill of seeing them!

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Noctilucent cloud visible last night from Bedfordshire.  Not the most extensive display i have seen, but certainly the earliest by nearly a month. Clearly visible in the northern part of the sky. I struggled to make out any of the usual "rippled" clouds this time from my bed room window, but i would guess if i had stayed later it would have become more prominent.

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Pretty sure I saw my first ever NLCs at about 23:00 on 15th June from Winterborne Zelston way down in Dorset. 

A couple of phone snaps attached. 

Not very impressive compared to others and very faint but the pale band above the dark horizon clouds looked like it was glowing to me. 

 

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13 hours ago, AdeKing said:

Pretty sure I saw my first ever NLCs at about 23:00 on 14th June from Winterborne Zelston way down in Dorset. 

A couple of phone snaps attached. 

Not very impressive compared to others and very faint but the pale band above the dark horizon clouds looked like it was glowing to me. 

 

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Lovely pictures Ade. I can see the brighter areas. It shows that there are plenty of astronomical sights where a telescope is not necessary. 

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I definitely saw them that night as well, also the early hours of this morning as well. 

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23 minutes ago, Pete Presland said:

I definitely saw them that night as well, also the early hours of this morning as well. 

Oops, I got my dates wrong, it was actually last night and into this morning, so thanks for confirming that they were definitely visible. 

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I think I have just been observing NLCs over Ashton under Lyme / Oldham directly north of me. Taken with my android. So even visible with bad LP?

 

 

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Ps truly lovely through the 8x42 binoculars

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I saw the same display on my way home from a brief session at the Astronomy Centre last night. Very bright and detailed.   😀 

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