Finally, we had some clear sky last night, June 08-09. Started observing at 2230UT but had to wait until 0008UT before spotting any NLC - a few faint bands below Capella, just on naked eye visibility, more obvious through 10x50b's. It was a weak display overall but became fairly extensive around 0200UT at 25 degrees elevation, 320-070 in azimuth. Maximum brightness 2. Faded out completely by 0230UT.
I put the Canon compact A520 into action for the first time. Had to do a bit of tweaking (mostly with the power saving settings on the laptop). I set the camera at 200ISO, with 5 second exposures made every 60 seconds. The aperture was selected automatically by the camera. It worked reasonably well but next time I'll try 4 sec and 6 sec exposures. By great fortune, exposure number 1 caught a meteor (top right hand corner of image below).
Before dawn it turned into beautiful display 50* high extending from the NW - NE over 140* in azimuth and approaching the last 1/4 Moon. Type 2.5 brightness with yellow, white, green, electric blue and even a strange purple colour. Structures seen were I Veil, IIa soft bands, IIIab soft and sharp patches of waves and O unknown spikes. The display was a great sight above a bank of fog. The high level blue/purple NLCs looked like islands of Lenticular cloud.
Do you know I didn't see a thingyybird last night! It wasn't even particularly hazy - there just didn't seem to be anything there. So I went in and watched the shuttle launch instead. I hope to see that coming past later tonight behind the ISS!
Like you, I didn't notice anything early on - it was nearer local midnight before the NLC emerged. Mind you, we did have some low haze, especially to the east. Fog developed closer to dawn but didn't interfere with observations, unlike the midge attack Bill Ward and myself were subjected to!
I'll keep an eye open tonight for the ISS, if it stays clear, that is.
I suspected their presence after 22.00 BST but it took another 50 mins to be absolutley sure. I watched the shuttle launch live on NASA TV which was excellent and like Paul I hope to image the shuttle tonight!