Saw some very bright ribbons from here in Kendal thru a torn gap in ragged clouds at around midnight (took pics, but will upload them tomorrow), then total cloud again... Am now staying up another hour or so in the hope it clears at least a bit out there...
In Elgin the cloud cleared at about 1 a.m. (BST), so I went out with my camera for a couple of hours. One sharp band spanned a good 70 degrees in azimuth. As dawn approached the display became more and more extensive. Best show so far this season!
In a similar vein to Kendalstu last night clouded out early on but noted an odd view of the moon at ca 1:50 UT so headed out on to the drive in dressing gown to look north. Through a small slit in the clouds at ca 12 deg altitude I could discern some bright (brightness 4 ) NLC patches . The area was liittle bigger than 4 x 10 degrees ! That patch may have given more further north . Will try yet again tonight
Excellent stuff all round folks, some really nice pictures! Still a very slow start to the seasom for me - real life and bad weather are conspiring against me seeing little if amy nlc. Still, my time will come for a nice display, fingers crossed!
I hate to say it markt but I'm in exactly the same boat. For me the NLC has not been good this year. The weather and circumstances have not helped either. One thing I have noticed this year is I'm not able to see the NLC from my back garden. Over the last couple of years I used to see the NLC to the NW or North from my very limited view (houses behind me on a raised level) but this year I have not seen any NLC from the back garden as its been low on the horizon this time. All very disappointing this year so I'm desperately needing a good NLC display to get excited again!
It's interesting to read peoples thoughts regarding the quietness of activity so far.
For years there has been too much hype about NLC increasing etc etc etc and everything else we've heard. This is a nice demonstration that there is not, after all, a one way increase in activity. The trend might be upwards but there are downs too. This is just natural variability.
However the season is not over yet! The very first NLC I ever saw (and still one of the most spectacular) was on 23/24 July 1986.