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Old 05-03-2018, 01:02 PM
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Hello again Jase. Timelapses are just fantastic as well. I'm in Qld but have a friend who lives in Tassie and whose daughter has just got a decent DSLR for school subject. Would you mind sharing the camera lens and iso, exposure settings and f stop so I can pass that on.

Thanks Mark.
Geographic latitude - Norway is 60 so the aurora appear more overhead than here at 43, so we are more or less looking at the aurora 'side on'...in a nutshell.

The camera/lens combo I'm using at the moment is Nikon D5600 with a Tamron 15 to 30 f/2.8 mostly at 15mm and f/2.8.

Try and keep ISO down, mostly around 1000 to 1600 but for faint aurora you'll need 3200 and exposures range from 10 to 30 seconds, again depending on how bright she is.

Lens you want as wide as possible, so if you've only got a kit lens, say 18 -55mm then shoot at 18mm and always have your aperture wide open, so lowest f/ available. You are collecting light so wide open long exposure works best.

Hard and fast rules only YMMV :-)
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:15 PM
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Another large coronal hole released a high speed Earth facing stream of solar wind which impacted Friday just gone (1st of June 2018) which resulted in some minor geomagnetic activity.

I was lucky enough to capture some more images from my favourite spot just South of here in Tasmania.

This image was created stacking 10 x 30 second images I took, in sequence, from 7:50pm to 7:55pm - the Moon had just risen over North Bruny Island (to the right) as a series of Auroral Beams started to dance across the sky from SSE to SSW.

Whilst the Moon light does wash the display out slightly, it was still well and truly visible even to the naked eye.
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Lovely!

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Beautiful aurora shots. Stunning.
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Very nice shot...
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Old 22-03-2021, 12:22 PM
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Well, it's been a while! Solar Minimum will do that LOL - seems like we are definitely starting the new solar cycle with a bit of a bang! Captured this image Saturday night just gone, Aurora Australis kicked off as a result of a CHHS and CME, Kp got to around 6 so it was technically classified as a G2 storm. Was naked eye from just after sunset right through to when thick cloud spoilt my night just before midnight.

She was soooo bright this only needed 10 seconds at ISO1250 (f/2.8 lens).
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A wonderful image. Where was this taken?

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Excellent image and a beautiful Aurora. Must be a lot of sun activity right now.
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Are they taken in the channel area?
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Old 23-03-2021, 05:50 AM
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Hey Guys many thanks!

Spot on, image captured from the Tinderbox boat ramp, Southern Tasmania - looking straight down the channel ;-)

I took over 700 images that night, started around 20:00 and got clouded out just before midnight :-(

Timelapse here: https://youtu.be/3xKnRG7UBPw

Sun has been active lately, large Coronal Hole and 2 CME's!!!

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that is great mate- Tinderbox is my fave dive site- we were there Saturday morning at the tyre reef!
I have seen this on you tube and can i share this with my buddies? it is spectacular!!
great capture, makes me feel sad for being so lazy on Saturday!!
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Old 23-03-2021, 06:38 PM
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Well done Jason. Great Videos and Pics

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Spectacular scenes and probably the best Aurora captures Ive seen taken from Taz.
Well Done on both pics and video Jason
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Old 30-03-2021, 11:55 AM
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*blush* thanks for the kind words! In fairness, there are a lot of super talented photographers down this way - these shots are 'ok' compared

More to come, I find myself 'reprocessing' a lot lately...

Graham, share away! I tried the snorkel trail down there a while ago, very nice!
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Old 30-03-2021, 02:49 PM
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Great thread! The moonbow pic is one of the best Aurora photos I have ever seen, an absurdly spectacular capture. Forget about talent that others may or may not have, it doesn't matter when things just come together like in that photo. Also nice to see activity picking up, saw the recent one myself, from central South Island
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Old 16-05-2021, 02:15 PM
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Aurora Australis G3 geomagnetic storm!

Another CME arrived at Earth on Friday May the 13th - it was stunning to watch! One of the strongest I've seen. I have also never seen the sky as red as it was in my images afterwards, I actually thought I'd messed up my settings, but it was there! They call it SAR or Stable Aurora Red - it was so extensive even my ultra wide at 15mm (110 degree FOV) couldn't fit it all in...

Got a bit artistic with this image, cropped in (which I don't like doing, defeats the purpose of an ultra wide!) but it came out nice enough.

This was 30 second exposure at ISO3200 wide open at f/2.8 using a Nikon D750 and through a Tamron 15-30mm lense.

I was on my way down to my favourite viewing spot to set up but lady Aurora started dancing though my windscreen! So I pulled over on the side of the road and started shooting, this shot was taken about 5 minutes away from Tinderbox boat ramp in Southern Tasmania.

From all reports, she was naked eye and clearly visible from Victoria maybe even parts of NSW!!!
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Old 16-05-2021, 02:28 PM
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same night no crop

Thought I should add an image from the same night and location, this one about 30 minutes after the first one - no processing, and no crop! I am not kidding, this event was stunning!
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A great record of the recent event. It was bright alright
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