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NLC 2014-07-17/18

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: 2014-07-17/18

   UT     forms  bright   height   azimuth   comments
                  ness   top bot  left rght  e.g. weather
--------  -----  ------  --- ---  ---- ----  --------------------------------
21:30:01  X                                  cloud to h 10, higher on left
21:45:05  0                                  cloud to h 10
22:00:07  0                                  cloud to h 5, thin cirrus above h 25
22:15:02  X                                  cloud patches
22:30:19  X                                  thin cirrus above h 20
22:45:32  II          2    8         0   20  thin cirrus above h 20
23:00:32  II          2    8       355    5  thin cirrus above h 20
23:15:53  0                                  some thin cirrus
23:30:53  0                                  some thin cirrus
23:45:47  X                                  thick haze to h 10 or 20
00:00:47  X                                  thick haze to h 10 or 20
00:15:47  X                                  thick haze to h 10 or 20
00:30:47  X                                  widespread cloud
00:45:46  X                                  cloud to h 20
01:00:47  X                                  widespread cloud
01:16:30  X                                  cloud to h 10, cirrus above
01:30:54  X                                  cloud to h 10, cirrus above
01:45:32  X                                  widespread cloud
02:00:33  X                                  widespread cloud
02:15:19  X                                  widespread cloud
02:30:07  X                                  widespread cloud
02:45:06  X                                  cloud to h 15, cirrus above
03:00:01  X                                  cloud to h 15, cirrus above
03:15:05  X                                  cloud to h 15, cirrus above

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: 2014/07/17-18
Start: 22:45
End: 23:00
Forms: II
Max elevation: 8
Max brightness: 2
Comments:
Cloud.
<a href="http://www.chiandh.me.uk/nlccam/20140717-18.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)
-------- ------ ----- ----- ----- -----  ----- -------------------
22:45:32  8.000 337.9 -10.5  -2.2  25.8  0-255 q5845.jpg
23:00:32  8.000 341.4 -11.2  -2.7  17.2  0-255 q5849.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).