Aurora primer (I hope)

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Fitpix, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. Fitpix

    Fitpix Guest

    There is still a chance for many people to see Aurora tonight. I was
    prepared last night and was "geeking out" as my friend put it around 6pm
    EST. How did I know?
    Easy www.spaceweather.com and www.aurorachasers.com . Aurorachasers is
    great because it updates the Kp index regularly. This index is a measurement
    of magnetic activity. OK so theKp index is 6.33 right now, will I be able to
    see them? Great question! Go to http://www.sec.noaa.gov/Aurora/ to find your
    "magnetic lattitude". For my hometown in Delaware Ohio it is 51 degrees
    North. Now click on their "clickable map", it has lines drawn on it that
    give guidelines to how strong the Kp index has to be to see aurora in your
    area. Yeah, it sounds like a lot of work but it is well worth it! Watching
    the aurora is a great experience, but take your camera! It will "see" the
    lights and the colors much better than your eye, reds are very hard to
    perceive but are gorgeous on film or digital. I was shooting 5-10 seconds
    last night f4.0 w ISO 800, Canon 20D w a Tokina 19-35.

    I hope this helps!
     
    Fitpix, Nov 8, 2004
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