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2009 Noctilucent Cloud Season

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« Reply #105 on: June 16, 2009, 07:19:25 am »

Excellent stuff guys!  Great shots Brian, look forward to seeing everybody elses images later on Cheesy
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« Reply #106 on: June 16, 2009, 08:01:50 am »

Here's 240 shots for starters Smiley 4 hours from 2305 to 0305 in 30 seconds



Don't forget to open the HD version - much better.
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« Reply #107 on: June 16, 2009, 12:20:45 pm »

Actually I've done a remixed version with more accurate colour balance......

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« Reply #108 on: June 16, 2009, 02:00:18 pm »

Here's a few of mine from this morning. In those last three that is the fog in the valley I got above! In the last one showing the moon on the right if you look between the masts and near the horizon that dot is the planet Venus! This is only a random selection of the many images I took.






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« Reply #109 on: June 16, 2009, 02:02:23 pm »

I saw my very first NLC last night cudnt take pics my camera wouldnt adjust properly.
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« Reply #110 on: June 16, 2009, 02:24:12 pm »

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In the last one showing the moon on the right if you look between the masts and near the horizon that dot is the planet Venus!
Great images but that last one is really special! From 00:30 BST I was suffering from thick mist / thin fog which came & went a bit but spoiled the view more than I thought at the time, your images really do show how extensive the display was.

Padraig, like most astro subjects it really helps to set everything to manual - if you have a "landscape" mode (mountain symbol on the mode dial) that should help you get the focus right if you can't focus manually as "landscape" mode makes the camera focus on infinity. Also set the camera to daylight colour balance (the sun symbol). Start at about 5 sec @ f/4, ISO 400 and adjust until the histogram looks reasonable - experience is the real key but you don't want anything in the sky "bleached out" through overexposure, a bit of underexposure can be adjusted in the computer so that's the safe direction to make an error in.
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« Reply #111 on: June 16, 2009, 03:24:37 pm »

Great time lapse Paul and stunning images Brian and John. That 2nd one down is incredible with the NLCs illluminating the fog!!. Catching Venus in the display was really something special John!

Here's a selection of the images I took last night which you can see on my website. I almost filled a 2GB card!

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Sky%20Events%20Now.html
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« Reply #112 on: June 16, 2009, 08:00:39 pm »

Took this panoramic from a pair of the timelapse shots as I moved the camera - not as clean as if I'd used the DSLR but a good representation nevertheless....

http://paulni.co.uk/images/nlcpan0906162.jpg

Zoom in, pan across.
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« Reply #113 on: June 16, 2009, 09:01:17 pm »

Thanks very much Brian and Martin, yeah I was really pleased to get a few shots with Venus rising in the display never mind the moon. I also like the ones with the "blue fog" as well. Perhaps I should also point out that the effect was natural and could be seen with the eye. It really was a fantastic display which will be hard to equal, but one never knows! It's great to see so many great images being posted, sure puts other places to shame!
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« Reply #114 on: June 16, 2009, 09:03:39 pm »

Well done everyone on getting some stunning images, i was fast a sleep so i missed the best display in ages Cry

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« Reply #115 on: June 16, 2009, 09:21:02 pm »

Great images and vids all of you!  Lets hope for a repeat or even better performance tonight!  Grin
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« Reply #116 on: June 16, 2009, 09:39:11 pm »

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100% greyout ... and it looks as though the forecast is going to be accurate
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« Reply #117 on: June 16, 2009, 09:41:54 pm »

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100% greyout ... and it looks as though the forecast is going to be accurate

Bad news there Brian Sad  I reckon i've got a couple of hours max before the clouds roll in again...
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« Reply #118 on: June 16, 2009, 10:31:03 pm »

NLCs reported and photographed from Austria already tonight,  still clear where I am but just a little too early yet...
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« Reply #119 on: June 16, 2009, 10:53:55 pm »

No viewing from here either, 100% cloud Cry
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