Aurora - 13th February

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Aurora - 13th February

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Hi All.

I'm here in Iceland at the moment. Conditions haven't been conducive (until now!), with either no aurora or it being cloudy.

I woke up early this morning and around 4am and peeked outside ever the optimist, to my surprise there was a bit of an arc, so, that was it, I was awake an up.

Here's a quick animation I put together that was apparently caused by a solar proton burst.

ImageAurora-13022024-0515ut by Mark Townley, on Flickr

This is far from by best efforts but I blame my inexperience with my new camera. After nearly 20 years I decided this year that it was time for a new camera body, so bought one, specifically with this trip to Iceland in mind. My old camera was basic, I just set it and it worked, but this new Canon likes to over think things. I had it set on Auto white balance and unlike the old canon it tries to adjust the white balance for each image, as a result the sequence of 100 or so images I took had the white balance annoyingly change throughout. So, a session with the online manual (did I mention I never bothered to read the instruction manual first!) and some youtube videos and now i'm confident I am in charge of the white balance, not the camera :lol: I also learned how to use my new intervalometer, which being wifi means I can control the camera inside in the warm, rather than my old wired one stood outside in the snow getting cold feet.

The forecast for tonight is anywhere from a G1 to G3 geomagnetic storm, and also clear skies. So, on reflection i'm quite pleased with my pre-dawn auroral foray as hopefully it has ironed out technical issues ahead of the 'big event'.

All good fun!

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This is beautiful Mark!!! :hamster: :hamster: :hamster:

It is also a little dark too, is it possible to increase the exposure or ISO to get more colour. I can see some fabulous red and green but it is very faint.

Alexandra
PS have you seen any erupting lava from around the Blue Lagoon?


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Thanks Alexandra, it is too dark. It turns out I had the ISO on one setting lower than I thought. It was very much a last minute snap, I was still in my jim james (albeit with boots, coat and hat :lol: )

We did see the lava flows on the way in on the plane
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Still going dark here, so fingers crossed there may be some aurora tonight, KP4 is forecast so something should be visible.

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Fab timelapse and amazing photo from the plane!
I'm guessing because you've been a few times before that you know where to go/what to do rather than needing a package trip?
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Thanks Nic, yes, we're regular visitors, been coming out here for the past 20 years atleast annually. We're stopping about an hour north of Reykjavik, which provides a nice balance of solitude, dark skies and also not too far from ammenities that it is a pain. If I won the lottery i'd buy a place out here :lol:


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Mark...

Good to see the first try and good to know you have the gremlins worked out too. The look down to the ground looks impressive too...I wouldn't mind adding Iceland to to a trip one day.

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Manual, we don’t need no stinkin' manual! :D Glad you got it figured out!


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