Mar 25, 2015


A thin show starting out tonight but there is time yet. Nice ring about the moon tho !


Mar 24, 2015


88 came up fast last night only to drop back as fast. Two brief views on consecutive nights. Conditions are still elivated and the EPAM looks good. Roll on darkness.

A wee photostream of the last few nights.

Mar 23, 2015

87 Just crept over the horizon. I dont know if its going to clear enough to get a propper view tho.

The rest of the catch up

The night after the CME produced another small show as a precurser to the morning of the eclipse. Needless to say although it was a little cloudy the almost total eclipse was a spectacular affair. The night produced another display that was seen a long way south, a great day !! The next night produced the curious blob as a rogue ribbon of light  pusated from the eastern side of the sky overhead and off to the south south west. The ribbon was actualy south of us !! The night of the 22 produced the start of a display before being lost to the cloud....So thats all up to date at 86. its been a cracking week in to the equniox and tonight we are missing storming conditions to the cloud cover.....I feel a photo stream coming on......

Mar 22, 2015

Catching up a bit.

81 showed little more than a difuse show on the horizon before dropping back to show later in the night. 82 came storming in to produce the biggest show this year. The awaited CME produced aurora that was seen all over the UK. We suffered like a lot of places with mist and fog. Unfortunatly it seemed to suck the colour out of the sky. The display was massive tho with hours of bands passing overhead fading and growing. Ocasionaly it would stop moving and seem to fall out the sky in a coronal display that would go on and on.. A great night even with the conditions......83 is on right now as im typing. Theres a lot of cloud obscuring it but its showing green to higher than 50 deg !!!....theres more of the update to come tonight.

Mar 13, 2015


Waiting for a storming display thats not happening by the look of it. It seems the x flare cme passed us by. Still its a good night and we havecolour so we will see what will be !!

Mar 12, 2015


We are in reasonably exciting times just now. Of course if you start to think like that it seems you are doing nothing but preparing your self for yet another long stand in the cold with an anti climax in the end. Over the nights of the10th and 11th I was hoping for a glancing blow from an earlier CME. Over the last two nights the positive magnetic field has pushed almost everything away from us and there has been almost nothing to be seen. Ironicaly we have had a couple of the finest clearest nights you could wish for. Even the huge moon is rising later and helping to give us nice dark skys from the off. EPAM has risen but there is so much going on I think it is more of a harbinger of current flare activity happening now. The previous few days have seen 2297 producing continuous flaring with loads of C class, several strong M class, some of which produced coronal mass ejections and while not coming directly at us are expected to have some influence. last night the one we are all waiting for an X2.2 with a CME came ripping out followed by another M class. NOAA has a storm warning in place now and they are expecting potential effects from the Ms to scrape past us and stir the pot. 2297 Is now coming in to a position where it will be fully geo effective. It still maintains a complicated magnetic structure which is good because it means there is still some potential for more very big flares as it really starts to face us. We are about to feel the effects of an incoming HSS from a recurring equatorial hole CH658. Hopefully the high speed solar wind and the clouds of plasma will cook up something for us. All kitchen analogies aside I am really hoping that this is one pot that will boil over on the stove.......With all that said we all know fine there are no givens in this game. Many of you will have stood here before, X flare hurling towards us with the UK press hyping it and expectations sky high so lets be realistic. There is the potential for lights over the next two nights, maybe even more. As the last two nights and other X events as well have shown it is just as easy for all of this to simply bounce off the magnetic field and carry on past us, and after all this is what the planets magnetic field does so well, protect us from this dangerous shit. That aside I am some looking forwards to darkness. The game may just be afoot.

Mar 8, 2015


It seems like ages since I managed some colour but tonight with a breal in the endless clouds and the big moon yet to rise I managed to catch this difuse aurora. Stats are really poor and once the moon started to take hold there was little for my poor old camera to pull out. Im just waiting noe and going to seed if the field comes south for a bit and go for it again....Its really thin stuff out there.

Mar 1, 2015

There are storm warnings for the weekend this weekend due to a HS SSBC. Last night was a wash out and probably had the best show, tonight is less active but there is a faint arc visable. At the moment im waiting for some expansion.

Feb 27, 2015

It took a lot of shots to find 76 eventualy tho I caught it with a 4am fast snap. This was one of those shots that you manage to take and run back to bed before you wake up to much. I only realised I had it the next night when I looked through before deleting....Marginal to say the least !!

Feb 24, 2015

23 feb.

Last night my season total reached 75. This is a bit of a psycological milestone for me raising the chance of dare I say I wont just now !! Its all to easy jinx things. Last nights display came storming in in solid style. There was red showing way up in the sky to 50-60 deg. With such a tall display showing it was seen all over the UK, well those who had a view through the clouds that it. Cloud cover had a few issues for us as well. We never realy got to see a wide horizon anywhere I went last night. With this in mind and along with some badly failed panorama shots spurred me on to head out and hit a couple of classic locations for some narrower views. The subjects chosen were the standing stones of Brodgar and Stenness and for once I was lucky enough to hit both stone circles whilst they were empty and the aurora provided a nice backdrop for the shots. I allways prefer the location empty for the atmosphere plus its less of a pain in the arse for everybody else while im doing short exposures to set up a composition with a light painting torch. All in all Its been huge are some shots from the standing stones......hope you enjoy.

Feb 23, 2015

We have activity tonight as astronomical darkness is falling. ACE is looking great but snowy showers are tracking towards us....Photos and more to follow as things develop.......


Tonight the skys have cleared as we wait for snow. Theres a fair glow going on although it took a while to find a gap in the clouds.

Feb 21, 2015


I wasnt expecting much at all but the lights are being seen down the east coast. Its poor out with cloudy skies and wintery showers.

Feb 20, 2015


Moving out of the HSS now and things are quietning down. We got thin activity but lost it behind clouds and rain. Through the ocasional gaps you could see that it wasnt coming to much and like that it stayed.

Feb 19, 2015


Along wait for the cloud to open finaly produced some colour. Its more rotten conditions just like last night. Last night was worse as it goes, a second night of strong displays missed out on. Never mind tho lots of folks saw it a long way south so thats pretty good. It took a long exposure to bring this out and im right happy with my intervalometer opperating the bulb setting.

Feb 17, 2015

A collection of last nights shots for 70.


I hit 70 tonight although Im saving celebrations untill my 75th. Its been a good strong show, a nice change from the thin colour of late !

Feb 14, 2015

69 for Valentine

At 22.00 a pale difuse aurora began to show. Almost imeadiatly lost to rising cloud.

Feb 12, 2015


Its been a while since we had any thing at all to report but we are on our second glow in a few nights. We have been overcast so much of late its been a little testing to say the least. We are waiting to see if there will be an incoming CME but so far its not showing on instruments, the next 24hrs will show if its going to pass earth.....we wait paitently

Feb 2, 2015

Tonight the solar wind is storming in. We are seeing a strong light considering the moon is so bright. Cloud cover is really stoping us seeing any movment when it was there but at least we have some nice colour. Increased solar wind speeds look set to continue so its all to the good. The morns night might be better !

Jan 29, 2015


Poor conditions with the weather made sightings a bit of a trial tonight. The CME arrival i was hoping for isnt showing but theres other flares on the way so im looking forwards to the morns and the morns morns night. Transit of mercury the morn at 1400. !

Jan 28, 2015

63 and 64 came as a bit of a damp squib. Last night was cloudy and poor. There were sightings from Dundee which encouraged me to try later. At the back of 3 a glimpse out of the window showed a star so I ventured out for a test shot. A 60 sec exposure showed a dying glow but still its a tick !. The EPAM levels continue to slowly rise giving hope of a show at some point. In the mean time everybody is bracing them selfs for the onslaught of the snow demons. Personaly im not that keen but would like a nice snowy landscape for some aurora. That said the moon is gaining size and will probably be the cause of some burn outs if we do.....anyway fingers crossed.

Jan 26, 2015

Another in the bag !

The elivated EPAM levels may have been responsible for an active display last night. It came up fast and burst in to life. I managed a couple of hours back and fro watching before bead. Anne Gascoine had a great view after three in the morning so it must have lasted well. We are now waiting to see if the fillament eruption on the 24th is going to bring anything nice with it. If it is headded our way then hopefully it will be here the morn or wednesday night......watching and waiting in the North Isles !!

Jan 22, 2015

61 sticks its head over the horizon before being clouded out....early days yet tho !

Jan 21, 2015

Sixty has come at last with a nice but small arc. The Bz dived north quite quickly and the arc seemed to shrink with it. Its just another wait and see. After nearly a week of raised activity the EPAM monitor is sinking back as well. Quietning down..??

Jan 20, 2015


A nice low glow tonight which came up fast and danced, Its been the best night for colour for ages all be it a little low slung.

Jan 18, 2015

58 came tonight with a low glow thats still showing some pinky top.

Jan 17, 2015


We have been watching a small blow from a CME, unfortunatly its only been visible to us on instruments and the earths magnetic field has been doing what it does best. Its a little frustrating but hay so is having no spell check so bullocs to it all. Repeated test shots over two nights either showed thick cloud or a bright shiny sky with on sign of aurora whats so ever. Eventualy just before bed I had some colour on screen but lost the horizon when I tried again. Lucky I put it on the computer for a closer look or it might have languished for has happened before..ahhem......anyway this shot was shot on bulb for 90 seconds whilst i looked for colour. The sammy was at 2.8 and 1600iso.  So this is one more to the list but man oh man I am gagging for a bit of dancing!!...Here also as an after thought is a shot of the green comet Lovejoy. Easy seen in binoculars, its approaching the Pliadiese (seven sisters) This small cluster of stars is found to the right of Orions shoulders...have a look and a green star.!!