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Aurora Tasmania October 7-8 2015

Aurora Tasmania October 7-8 2015

Wednesday October 14, 2015

I have been chasing the southern lights for a few years now and last week, on the night of October 7-8, witnessed the most beautiful display of the aurora in Tasmania I have ever seen. Simply beautiful. A very strong arc was visible when I arrived at Nine Pin Point, about an hour south of Hobart, and over the next 6 or 7 hours I witnessed amazing beams, curtains and general aurora goodness. Below are the highlights, and some timelapse footage will be coming soon :)

Aurora and star trails Tasmania October 7-8 2015

Aurora and star trails Tasmania October 7-8 2015. My first composition of the evening. I took this star trail during a little lull in the beams. The glow was intense at this point.

Aurora Tasmania October 7-8 2015

The aurora made a stunning appearance over Tasmania on the night of October 7-8 2015. This procession of beams was a highlight.

Aurora Tasmania October 7-8 2015

Beautiful beams filled the sky as above an intense bright arc on the horizon.

Aurora Tasmania October 7-8 2015

The intensity waxed and waned, and this procession of beams was particularly impressive. To sit and watch while my camera took shots at 18 second intervals – timelapse is coming – was mesmerising :)

Aurora selfie at Nine Pin Point Tasmania, October 8 2015

In the wee hours of the morning, sometime around 3:00am I broke of my timelapse and repositioned the tripod, and joined in with the 21st century selfie fad :)

Aurora Australis Tasmania October 7-8 2015

Simply stunning. The tall trees framed the aurora perfectly at Nine Pin Point Tasmania.

Aurora Australis Tasmania October 7-8 2015

I wrenched myself away from the show sometime after 3 and drove to another spot, just for a little variety. This is near Gordon, south of Hobart.

An unbelievable night – not only was the aurora stunning but there was no wind, no moon – perfect conditions for capturing this display. Timelapse will be coming soon, I took hundreds of images so it is taking me a while to complete…

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