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Aurora Alert

Aurora Alert

Aurora Alert! There is a very good chance of the aurora appearing this week, and it may be around for a few days too. **Update March 15 AM: Bt is now 9 and the Bz -6 so the conditions are OK for a fairly weak aurora to appear ** The reason being an elongated “coronal hole” is now facing the earth allowing the solar wind to escape the sun… Read more →
Overland Track Aurora – November 2015

Overland Track Aurora – November 2015

These Overland Track aurora photos were taken back in November 2015, on the first night of my walk down the track with the Cradle Mountain Huts guided walk. The aurora appeared right on dusk, and indeed it was hard to distinguish the aurora from the twilight glow in my first test shots earlier in the night… Read more →
Aurora and the Milky Way

Aurora and the Milky Way

A lovely little aurora graced the southern skies over Tasmania last night. As luck would have it, I had a booking in place for a 1 on 1 session this evening so a family from the USA have left Tasmania with an unforgettable experience!… Read more →
Solar Minimum and the Aurora

Solar Minimum and the Aurora

The solar cycle swings between solar maximum and solar minimum and for the past few years we have been in the peak of that cycle. Over the last 12 months or so however, the sun has well and truly moved into its less active period – known as solar minimum… Read more →
Night Sky Photography Noise Reduction

Night Sky Photography Noise Reduction

I recently came across a very handy tutorial on night sky photography noise reduction which I thought I would share. It appeared on PetaPixel a few months ago and is well worth a look. It involves working in the image channels which can be quite daunting but there is a YouTube video on the site as well as written instructions from the photographer they are crediting the technique with – Dave Morrow… Read more →
Aurora Australis, October 25 2016

Aurora Australis, October 25 2016

The aurora made something of a comeback a couple of nights ago – there was an amazing show just on dusk – which I missed – but still a very enjoyable dance continued til the wee hours. Wrenching myself away from “Oceans 12″ I headed out to Seven Mile Beach (which is basically my “go-to” location in Hobart if I haven’t pre-planned anything)… Read more →
Tessellated Pavement Aurora

Tessellated Pavement Aurora

Well I got my wish! On my most recent blog post just a couple of days ago I commented it would be nice to get another aurora sometime soon and last night the numbers looked good, and the sky relatively clear so I packed and took off for Eaglehawk Neck for another crack at catching the lights over the Tessellated Pavement… Read more →
Australian Geographic Aurora Australis Feature

Australian Geographic Aurora Australis Feature

And now for a little shameless self promotion – after all, isn’t that what the internet is all about! – one of my images has been included in this months Australian Geographic aurora australis feature! The image was from the amazing all night aurora of October 7-8 2015… Read more →
Wineglass Bay Aurora!

Wineglass Bay Aurora!

The aurora put on a killer show on December 20 which I am sad to say – I slept through… Having missed a big one I watched the numbers like a hawk on December 21 and decided there was still enough in it to warrant a trip up the east coast to attempt a Wineglass Bay aurora… Read more →