Splendid display here that only faded with the dawn. For once, the cloud that has been the bane of the oberserver of late kept at bay. Walked out of town to the local golf-course at 0300 to get onto higher ground away from lights. Lots of undulating threads, herringbones and ripples. Was well worth the antisocial hours!
Post by Oscar van der Velde on Jul 20, 2009 4:05:24 GMT
I just observed NLC here in northeastern Spain this morning of July 20st, and finally a reasonable display (not any doubt this time). Pictures later, with a nice moon. This time the IAP webcam at Pic du Midi did not show much, if anything a possible band at 3:20 UT, and Calar Alto was cloudy.
Just back from down south visitng the grandchildren. Managed one sighting last week which I wasn't expecting. Saw last night's display early but had faded by 0040 (BST - 234UT). Must have re-appeared later in the night.
That's an interesting observation: having set the alarm a few times in June after a bright evening display only to be disappointed, the pre-dawn period was certainly the time last night, with the best conditions just before the fade-out (incidentally, best for photography too as less motion-blur from the passing clouds)....
Here's a typical shot showing the scale and texture of this fantastic display
No, they did ask for permission first, and I agreed. But it is ultimately a rubbish thing whereby they make money out of what they appear to treat as 'groupies', dumb enough to provide images for free. They've got to the kind of commercial enterprise where I wouldn't bother with them again, to be honest.