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Aurora Australis Tasmania
Aurora Australis off the Tasman Peninsula, Feb 3, 2022

Tasman Peninsula Aurora

2022 marks my 10 year anniversary of shooting the aurora here in Tasmania, and I have to say, after all this time, the excitement has not waned one little bit. In fact, some of these shots from the Tasman Peninsula on Thursday night would have to count as “personal best” aurora shots! I found myself...Read More
Comet Leonard from kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tasmania

Comet Leonard

Last night I took advantage of the clear skies and lack of moonlight to get out and see if I could capture Comet Leonard. I decided on kunanyi/Mt Wellington as I hadn’t been up there in ages, and given the comets location in the western sky I thought the other side of Hobart’s city lights...Read More
aurora australis tasmania november 4 2021

The Southern Lights are back!

Thursday November 4, 2021 was a stunning night viewing the southern lights, and included some incredibly high beams on a perfectly clear and dark night. Tasmania was treated to a real spectacle as a major geomagnetic storm hit and the aurora put on a mesmerising dance. The night was perfectly clear for what was one...Read More
aurora australis south arm tasmania march 2021

Aurora March 20, 2021

The night of March 20, 2021 was a good one for aurora viewing – a lot of things lined up just perfectly. Super large coronal hole on the sun blowing the solar wind at the earth? Check. Moonless night? Check. Cloud free skies – absolutely! And a well behaved aurora that started performing right on...Read More
aurora australis southern lights south arm tasmania feb 2021

Return of aurora “season”?

Last night we were blessed with stunningly clear skies and a nice little bit of aurora action, so I ventured out to South Arm where I have shot before, this time hoping maybe to land the bioluminescence and aurora double. As it turned out there was no bio but the aurora appeared as a very...Read More

Aurora this week?

There is a great deal of hullabaloo in the mainstream media about the very high likelihood of an aurora this week. Is the fuss justified? There is absolutely a chance, in fact the photos decorating this blog post were all taken on Tuesday night (May 14) and are in fact the first aurora I have...Read More

Southern Lights August 2017

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. The aurora is still appearing periodically, but...Read More

Aurora Chasing Hints from the Jetstar Magazine

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...Read More

Bay of Fires Night Sky & Aurora Photo Shoot

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. On another visit just this month, we weren’t lucky enough to capture an...Read More

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...Read More

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...Read More