Aurora over Payson Arizona November 9th, 2004

7pm to 4am in 15 minute increments

Uploaded 11/11/04

 Here is a complete run of Aurora Cam images taken from dusk to dawn with our automatic robotic camera system. Aurora is quite rare in Arizona, but apparently not as rare as the textbooks lead us to believe. While we missed Sundays big display because of much rain and very dense clouds, we were treated to this equally brilliant display on the evening to morning of the 9th.

Kp plot with Arizona time superimposed. The display elevated in intensity for the most part all night until about 1 to 2am, where it peaked, then fell off slowly by dawn. This can be seen in the sequence below.
Here is the complete index print from the roll of 36 exposures we took that night showing the progress in exact 15 minute intervals starting at 7pm, and lasting until 4am. You can easily see a layers of green and then more reds on top of the main glow to the north.

Here is a selection of images from the above series that are clickable and can be enlarged

to 640x480 inside. Note the shifting red and green glows.

Instrument: 16mm f/2.8 Zenitar Fisheye at f/2.8 Platform: Aurora Cam with Robotic Barndoor Film: Supra 400 Exposure: 10 mins Filters: NONE Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5100 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 0 C Processing: Photoshop CS HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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