Saturday, May 28, 2022

AIR day 20 - item 3 (aurora)

The following is a blog post from the Astronomer-In-Residence (AIR) web site, reproduced here. Text and images used with permission.

Day 20 blog entry.

Saturday 28 May 2022 - 1:37 AM: Distracting Aurora

As I set up my barn door tracker, DSLR camera, intervalometer, and dew heating system for another Milky Way series, I noticed a glow in the north. Could it be?

OK, OK. Turned the camera to the north and took a quick shot. Yep! There ya go. Green. Tried a couple more shots as spires, over 20 degrees tall, easily visible to the naked eye, danced to and fro.

aurora from Killarney Provincial Park

Canon 40D, Rokinon 8mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 30 seconds, tripod, manually focused.

(High-rez photo uploaded to the gallery but unfortunately I don’t know when it will be synced.)

The Astronomer-In-Residence program is coordinated by the Allan I Carswell Observatory (AICO) at York University with the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory (KPPO).

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