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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
I am still amazed by the light show from October 7-8 2015. I have put together the following timelapse, which is basically a sequence of images covering almost all of the activity from late on October 7 and going right through to around 3:00am on the morning of October 8… Read more →
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… Read more →
Last Wednesday (September 2, 2015) Tasmanian aurora chasers featured on a segment on the ABC’s 7:30. The segment included an interview with yours truly (!) and followed me on a trip to the Tessellated Pavements (Eaglehawk Neck) to capture footage in the field… Read more →
August 26 was a goodnight for aurora chasing in Tasmania – perfectly clear skies, and a negative Bz lead to the appearance of the southern lights over Eaglehawk Neck and the beautiful Tessellated Pavements.
Aurora Chasing Tasmania – The Southern Lights
The afternoon began with regular checks on the strength of the Solar Wind, and the all important Bz component – which indicates whether the magnetic polarity of the incoming stream is north or south (it must be south for a successful aurora chase!)… Read more →
Well last night was an absolute epic night of aurora photography! I wasn’t really expecting a show but as usual I checked my app after dinner only to see that the Bz was sitting pretty at -20 and a sighting was basically guaranteed… Read more →