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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
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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

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! These shots were taken from South Arm between 9:30 and 10:00....Read More

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. What is the Solar Cycle?...Read More

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...Read More