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Hello,

With a group of 4 Belgian amateurs we visited the Polarlightcenter (Polarlightcenter) in Norway last week to observe the northern lights. We were successful 5 nights in a row.

The center has a magnetometer which immediately reports any disturbances in the magnetic field of our planet. When the curve on the monitor moves, you just run outside to watch the aurora borealis. It's as simple as that, provided there are no clouds of course :)

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This image was made with a Canon EOS 450D coupled to an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. The exposure time was 15 seconds.

The northern lights were often awesome, full of details and moving rapidly.

Peter

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That is my fav picture I have seen so far on this site..... Just love it

Mega. Well done

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Superb. Is that a Peleng lens you were using? This trip must have cost a mint I'm very envious.

One of my ambitions is to sail around the Lofoten Islands, they look absolutely stunning. Don't think I'll be doing it in winter though!

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Now that is one stunning image I like it a lot. I love the way the snow and the house have taken on the green glow :). You also have caught some red colouration too.

That must have been a fantastic experience :mad:

Regards

Kevin

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Thanks for looking and for your comments.

To Martin B.: yes, this is indeed the Peleng 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. It works okay @f/3.5 but is much better @f/4. Good lens although a tad too slow for aurora-work. The speed at which the aurora changes calls for a f/2 lens or faster if possible.

To Beyondvision: the 'green snow' can even be seen with the naked eye when the aurora is really bright. I have also made pictures of the aurora reflecting in the sea. The red coloration (oxygen at greater heights: 200 kms) was obvious in my pictures although my colleagues did not always capture it. My Canon EOS 450D is a modified one, i.e. the blocking filter has been replaced by one which allows for more red to pass. This had its advantages in photographing the northern lights.

On the following picture you can see the northern lights over the Polarlightcenter in Laukvik, Norway.

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Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 10mm @f/4, ISO1600, 15 seconds.

Peter

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What a mind-blowing, jaw-dropping sight must have that been! I am yet to witness this wonder myself, but it is definitely on my "to-do" list over next couple of years. And very nice pictures here too!

Marius

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Have just seen these images (unrelenting work commitments) and they are truly amazing and what makes it even better is that you don't need expensive equipment to see them.

Excellent stuff :(

Andy

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Awesome!! These would have been PoW for me :(

Thanks for posting.

TJ

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Amazing stuff, I would love to see this one day

It must have been quite bright for a 15 second exposure

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Hallo Northern Lights,

Uit welke stat of dorp kompt u?

Sorry about my bad Dutch/Flemish.

I have Belgian friends who live in the area around Antwerpen - a very nice city.

I liked your image of the aurora borealis - good shot.

Tom

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Thanks for all the positive comments !

Hello Tom,

I live near Antwerp in Belgium. The images of the aurora however were made in Norway on the Lofoten Islands.

Peter

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I have friends who used to live in Antwerp, but now live in Lippelodorp.

I still remember the coffee from "In de schadow", a coffee shop next to the Cathedral in Antwerp - some of the best coffee I have drunk.

I will be going on the Hurtigruiten in June and will stop at Svolvaer in the Lofoten islands - but at that time of year it will be bright sunlight all night : (

Tom

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