Sky Lights (2)

Today the original in German for a change, the translation in Englisch : exclusively for the far away family another post about the northern lights, this time of 15 March 2012. Unfortunately the photos aren’t much better than those of 22 January, and my photographic abilities with the digital camera leave a lot to be desired, too.

After several evenings where we went searching following favourable data, we had a little bit of good fortune. With the help of Facebook friends, of course, who conveniently pointed out that the sky above them was currently producing a free show. We hadn’t really intended to react to it, as even then the sky was beginning to cover up with cloud. Again.

In the end we did take a drive, initially only out of Elgin, to see if it was still possible to see through the cloud. On a small single track road I quickly got the camera out, but because of the surprisingly frequently passing cars it was difficult to set it up correctly and I couldn’t see much through the view finder, either. It all became rather like  a guessing game :

As mentioned above, not much to see. At the right there is a bit of green in the sky, while further to the left there are faint  reddish streaks. For those who are interested, the two white dots at the far left are Venus and Jupiter which at that time were at their closest to each other. They are now moving apart again.

The illumination on the ground made it hard to see the aurora, and even harder to photograph. We therefore decided to carry on to Hopeman as we were expecting better from a view out to sea. Unfortunately the sky had already started to cover up with a thin haze, which resulted in this :

View out to sea at Hopeman

It really was only a distant green haze. I could have lightened the photos a bit, but it is probably not worth it. I shall wait for a better photo opportunity with convincing data and a cloud free sky. Surely that should be do-able in the course of the year. The only problem will be that the summer nights are so short here – if I want to shoot photos in the dark I will probably not get much sleep…

…and due to all this writing I have completely forgotten to put my bread in the oven…I think it will be a long evening…

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