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.
I have tried here only once before – complete with an ABC TV crew – and that night some fairly strong moonlight dominated the aurora. Last night there was no moon at all, but the clouds were just where you don’t want them – low on the southern horizon. Indeed, the Milky Way, Southern Cross and Magellanic Clouds all sparkled beautifully above the dark band of clouds.
In the end I was happy to be seeing the lights again – it has been a very long time, and fingers crossed there will be some more lights this month, in particular between September 27 ~ 30 when I run another night sky photography workshop up at Cradle Mountain!