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#175281 23-Jun-2015 18:39
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Just a heads up for photographers in the lower SI.
Conditions are looking quite promising for aurora viewing tonight. There's storm level geomagnetic activity, skies are clear, and moon set is just before midnight.
http://www.softservenews.com/southern_lights.html

It looked like the geomagnetic storm was subsiding (which of course it probably will do of course - just because I posted this) but for now it's still over KP8 (on a scale of 0 to 9).
It's going to be very cold - so sorry if this turns out to be a fizzer.

Current auroral oval from NOAA.  If the green area rotates over NZ, then good chance - if red - then extremely good chance:



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  #1330535 24-Jun-2015 11:47
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Thought i picked up some more color on my astro shooting trip last night was super clear and cold



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  #1330660 24-Jun-2015 13:06
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Unfortunately the storm fizzed out to about Kp5 before moonset.
I was keen earlier in the evening to go take a look, but as the storm subsided, I lost interest.  Pretty cold too.
I've got some of these gloves for photography when it's cold, but even so, I wasn't looking forward to that aspect of it.



 
 
 
 


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  #1330731 24-Jun-2015 14:22
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I need to invest in some of those gloves
Hands where numb by 2am.

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  #1331002 24-Jun-2015 22:07
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Bridal Veil Falls With Aurora Australis
Waterfall was hard to bring out in post because this place is super dark

Bridal Veil Falls With Aurora Australis by Sl1cksta, on Flickr

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  #1331274 25-Jun-2015 11:28
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That's super cool photo!



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  #1331294 25-Jun-2015 12:04
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Yeah good stuff. I see you're using Samyang 14mm f2.8.  I hear good things about that for that kind of shooting.  I've got an 18-35 G Nikkor, but it's not wide enough, not really fast enough (though f3.5 @18mm) and despite being great for landscape, probably has too much coma - like other zooms - when used to shoot starscapes.
I had high hopes that Samyang's 12mm FX fisheye might be an answer, but reviews don't look promising. 

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  #1331632 25-Jun-2015 18:18
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Fred99: Yeah good stuff. I see you're using Samyang 14mm f2.8.  I hear good things about that for that kind of shooting.  I've got an 18-35 G Nikkor, but it's not wide enough, not really fast enough (though f3.5 @18mm) and despite being great for landscape, probably has too much coma - like other zooms - when used to shoot starscapes.
I had high hopes that Samyang's 12mm FX fisheye might be an answer, but reviews don't look promising. 


What camera are you using?

Yeah the Samayang 14mm is fantastic for astro I use it and the sigma 35mm f1.4 art lens

I hear good things about there 24mm too


 
 
 
 


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  #1331640 25-Jun-2015 18:36
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Alfie: That's super cool photo!


Thanks :) I am kinda happy with it should have cleaned it up abit more but I was super tired last night after only getting 4 hours sleep 

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  #1331815 25-Jun-2015 23:30
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Taken at the same place with at 35mm f1.4 art 15 second exposure 6400iso 12 shot pano stitched in MS ICE


Bridal Veil Falls With Aurora Australis (35mm) by David Bennett, on Flickr

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  #1332058 26-Jun-2015 13:15
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You should submit it to APOD :-)

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html





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  #1332059 26-Jun-2015 13:19
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Such a clear shot of the Magellanic Clouds as well cool




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