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NLC 2013-07-18/19

BAA report

The report to the BAA Aurora Section gives an overview of the night, which times were cloudy, free of NLC, or with sightings of NLC.

Name of observer: Horst Meyerdierks
Location: Royal Observatory Edinburgh, 55.9N 3.2W
          unattended compact camera with limited field of view
          A ~325-35, h ~0-40; images every 15 min
Date: 2013-07-18/19

   UT     forms  bright   height   azimuth   comments
                  ness   top bot  left rght  e.g. weather
--------  -----  ------  --- ---  ---- ----  --------------------------------
21:30:02  X                                  widespread thin cloud
21:45:02  X                                  widespread thin cloud
22:00:02  X                                  widespread thin cloud
22:15:09  X                                  widespread thin cloud
22:30:11  IV        2     12       -10    5
22:45:19  IV        3     13       -10   20
23:00:32  I,IV      4     15       -10   20
23:15:53  I         4     10        -5   20
23:30:47  I         3     10        -5   10
23:45:47  I         3      8      <-35   10
00:00:47  II        3      8      <-35   10
00:16:24  IV        2      8      <-35    0
00:31:24  I         3      7       -35  >35
00:46:24  II        3      8       -35  >35
01:00:46  II        3      7       -30  >35
01:15:53  I,II      3      8      <-35    0
01:30:53  II        3      8       -35    0
01:45:33  II        2     10      <-35   -5
02:00:19  II        2     12      <-35    0
02:15:10  II        1     12      <-35    0
02:30:08  0                                  some cloud
02:45:06  0                                  some cloud
03:00:05  0                                  some cloud
03:15:05  0

forms: I: veil
       II: bands
       III: waves
       IV: whirls
       NLC: other than or multiple of I-IV
       0: no NLC
       X: no decision possible (mist, cloud etc.)
brightness: 1: very weak
            2: clearly detected
            3: clearly visible
            4: very bright
            5: extremely bright

NLCnet report

The periods of positive sightings of NLC are reported to the NLC Observers' Home Page:

Name: Horst Meyerdierks
Country: Scotland
Location: Edinburgh
Date: 2013/07/18-19
Start: 22:30
End: 02:15
Forms: I,II,IV
Max elevation: 15
Max brightness: 4
Comments:
<a href="http://www.chiandh.me.uk/nlccam/20130718-19.shtml">Images</a>.

forms: I: veil
       II: bands
       III: waves
       IV: whirls
       NLC: other than or multiple of I-IV
brightness: 1: very weak
            2: clearly detected
            3: clearly visible
            4: very bright
            5: extremely bright

Images

Listed below are the images with positive sightings of NLC. These have been processed merely to adjust the brightness for underexposure. For some, there may also be an unsharp-masked version of the image.

   UT      exp    A    hSun  h15   h85  stretch  image   (masked)
-------- ------ ----- ----- ----- -----  ----- -------------------
22:30:11  2.000 334.3  -9.8  -1.8  42.5  0-255 q6910.jpg m6910.jpg
22:45:19  4.000 337.8 -10.7  -2.4  22.9  0-255 q6914.jpg
23:00:32  8.000 341.3 -11.4  -2.9  15.6  0-255 q6919.jpg
23:15:53 15.000 344.9 -12.1  -3.2  11.9  0-255 q6925.jpg
23:30:47 15.000 348.5 -12.5  -3.5   9.9  0-255 q6930.jpg
23:45:47 15.000 352.0 -12.9  -3.7   8.6  0-255 q6936.jpg
00:00:47 15.000 355.6 -13.1  -3.9   7.9  0-255 q6942.jpg
00:16:24 30.000 359.4 -13.2  -3.9   7.7  0-255 q6949.jpg
00:31:24 30.000   3.0 -13.2  -3.9   7.8  0-255 q6955.jpg
00:46:24 30.000   6.6 -13.0  -3.8   8.3  0-255 q6961.jpg
01:00:46 15.000  10.0 -12.7  -3.6   9.2  0-255 q6966.jpg
01:15:53 15.000  13.6 -12.3  -3.4  10.9  0-255 q6973.jpg
01:30:53 15.000  17.1 -11.7  -3.0  13.6  0-255 q6979.jpg
01:45:33  8.000  20.5 -11.1  -2.6  18.5  0-255 q6984.jpg
02:00:19  4.000  24.0 -10.3  -2.1  29.4  0-255 q6988.jpg
02:15:10  2.000  27.4  -9.4  -1.5  64.1  0-255 q6991.jpg

exp: Exposure time in seconds (200 ISO, f/2.8).
A: Azimuth of the Sun (degrees).
hSun: Altitude of the Sun (degrees, negative below horizon).
h15: Max. altitude of sunlight at 15 km height (degrees).
h85: Max. altitude of sunlight at 85 km height (degrees).
stretch: Contrast stretch (0-255 means no stretch).