2019 Northern Lights

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@Helen…I see another trip coming!!!

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#2

Definitely! Wow, I want to do that…

That’s probably next year’s holidays sorted, with the Aurora flight, and a trip out to the Monarch butterflies in Mexico… oh, and New Year watching the fireworks on my favourite island… :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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#3

Can you imagine taking photos right in the middle of the Aurora!! That would be amazing and at least warmer than on the ground! :slightly_smiling_face:

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#22

I’m not sure how these conversations started in “Northern Lights”???

A little too far north and into the cold more…

https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast

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#23

Now you see how hard it is to streamline topics LOLOL.

Be good now everyone. No more hijacking the threads.

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#24

Oh man! :unamused: :innocent:

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#25

@Helen I started the conversation about Northern Lights (Aurora) in another topic, but moved here to update…it was sunny most of the afternoon and then around supper we started to cloud over…now mostly cloudy. The Aurora forecast said it was going to be further north, but that Monday and Wed are our best nights to see the northern lights. I’m going to go out then…fingers crossed :crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers:

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#26

Here’s to clear (and warm) nights when you go out… and plenty of photos too!

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#27

Definitely :crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers: Hope the skies cleared for you, at least enough to see the dancing greenery!
Clouds can sometimes “help” the picture… this was one from my first really good aurora, sadly before I’d really worked out what settings to use on the camera!

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#28

I tried to wipe off a couple specks of dust on my screen. When they didn’t wipe off I realized the specks were stars. :unamused: :rofl:

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#29

Love it! I’m still working on settings. It is really hard in my mind to change from daylight to night. I shoot completely on manual mode. Sometimes my mind cannot wrap around the reverse settings!

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#30

Can’t remember, but I think that one was taken in “Program” mode (i.e. virtually sets itself, I only set the ISO) as that was my first attempt at aurora pictures, and I hadn’t got a clue what I was actually supposed to be setting!
I’ve learned quite a bit about photographic settings in the intervening 5 years, the last set of aurora pics last year were taken on totally manual settings! (I didn’t have the luxury of being on dry land, so couldn’t use a tripod, and had to rely on a high ISO setting, wide aperture, and short shutter speed.)

Did you manage to see anything yet? The space weather forecasts aren’t looking too bad for the next few nights… :crossed_fingers::pray: for the terrestrial weather forecasts where you are!

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#31

I went out for two hours then back then out. But, like I said to Jim, that moon was so bright last night…the sky never got really dark. Lots of stars…but no northern lights…at least not here.

Here’s one of the websites I check…We are low for tonight…I will see if I go out or wait. the second site shows the crescent coming part way down the province… Do you have a favorite site or are you using an app?

and this one:

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast

I couldn’t remember if I have sent you this site before: He is amazing…

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#32

I use a combination of websites and apps. Both of those that you’ve listed, plus

Websites:
Solarham.com
Spaceweatherlive.com
http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/ (European-leaning, but they also have sites for North America and Australia as well)

Apps:
Aurora Forecast 3D
Auroral Forecast
SpaceWeatherLive (this one seems to give quite accurate information, it was the one that gave me the hint on the last night I saw them, when everything else was telling me that it wasn’t worth it - we got a 3.5 hour sky-filling display that night!)

I’ve not checked all of these out, but this page (https://auroranotify.com/aurora-links/) has quite a lot of good information on it.

My location needs at least KP7/G4 before I stand a chance of seeing anything, so most of the time I just use them for comparison with some of the images on Twitter from folks much further north (Norway, Sweden, etc)

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#33

Wow thanks for all the information. I will spend a while going through it. I haven’t put an app on yet,I am looking for something really specific to my area.

Yes we were a 6 on Saturday…of course…I couldn’t go out then :roll_eyes:

eDIT: The link has a lot of information and app recommendations! I think I will be busy !! :slightly_smiling_face:

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#34

You’re welcome! Much more likely to be useful to you where you are than to me… I only really get to put them to use when I make my now-annual “pilgrimage” to a far northern location in search of them!

My favourite to generally keep an eye on is the Spaceweatherlive app, it seems quite accurate, and it doesn’t seem to be overly specific to any one geographical location.

All the apps I’ve listed are free ones, I think there are paid-for apps around as well, but I’ve not tried any of them.

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#35

Based in the UK, I use
https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/
and
http://www.spaceweather.com/
Both of these give a nice uncomplicated overview of what’s happening without having to work your way through a maze of detail.

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#36

Thanks Thistle - I had forgotten about those! I get emails from them, as well as the NOAA site… I think the Lancaster Uni site has the option to only send you an email when the KP level rises above your own predefined limit.

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#37

I hadn’t found that on the Lancaster site. I must have a look. Thanks.

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