At some point, I walked out of the Geoff Brown Observatory and walked north toward the house. And noticed something strange... A glow. Like city light. But I knew there was no city there...
I ran about the property, and through the house, letting people know there was likely aurora happening.
With some trepidation, I knocked at the T@B. Roused sleepy Skeena and Phil. Lora did not kill me.
Grabbed my camera and tripod. And quickly tried some long exposures. Nothing at 1 or 5 seconds. Took me a while to figure out the self-timer mode...
|10 seconds. Something there.|
|20 seconds. We could see a green glow on the view screen!|
|30 seconds. Yes! Cassiopeia!|
I was so happy. Here, at the Carr observatory, of course, was the place to be. Clouds still filled the air but not enough to block the view. I had a decent camera at my disposal. Steadied on a tripod.
Now I just needed to better control the camera. And focus!
All shot with a Canon 40D and 18-55 lens.
I didn't know it at the time but I had put (in the dark) the camera into C1 mode versus M. So a bunch of weird settings were used, like a custom white balance of 4600. JPG was used instead of RAW. Also, initially, it was in high-speed continuous shooting drive mode.