The southern lights have been a little few and far between lately – and by “lately”, I mean the past year or two… This is not unexpected or surprising, as we are now well into solar minimum, so solar activity is low and the aurora is less frequent… Read more →
A friend saw a familiar name in an aurora chasing hints article in the current edition of the Jetstar magazine and was good enough to snaffle me a copy!
As well as camera setting type questions, it was great they included my comments re checking out locations during daylight hours rather than arriving in unfamiliar locations after dark; and also the importance of night photography etiquette – it is very important to watch where you point your head-torch and respect your fellow photographers/aurora chasers while out at night!… Read more →
The Bay of Fires at night can be just as spectacular as it is by day! Here are some photos from a couple of night sky shoots in the area over the last few years, including a cloudy aurora from April 2017… Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →