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NLC 2016-07-01/02

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: 2016-07-01/02

   UT     forms  bright   height   azimuth   comments
                  ness   top bot  left rght  e.g. weather
--------  -----  ------  --- ---  ---- ----  --------------------------------
21:45:05  X
22:00:05  X
22:15:05  X
22:30:06  0                                  cloud to h 5 or 10, higher patches
22:45:08  0                                  cloud to h 5 or 10, higher patches
23:00:19  0                                  cloud to h 5 or 10, higher patches
23:15:19  0                                  some cloud to h 5
23:30:32  0                                  some cloud to h 5 or 10
23:45:32  0                                  some cloud to h 5 or 10
00:00:19  NLC        1
00:15:18  IV         2     8       350  >35
00:30:19  IV         2     8      <330  >35
00:45:19  IV         3    10      <325  >35
01:00:19  IV         3    12      <325  >35
01:15:10  I,IV       3    14      <325  >35
01:30:10  I,IV       3    16      <325  >35
01:45:03  I,IV       2    15                 some cloud patches, possible NLC to h 20
02:00:02  II?        1    25                 some cloud patches, NLC may be cirrus
02:15:05  0                                  cloud to h 5 or 10, some to h 20
02:30:02  X
02:45:01  X

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: 2016/07/01-02
Start: 00:00
End: 02:00
Forms: I,II,IV
Max elevation: 16
Max brightness: 3
Comments: Some cloud.
http://www.chiandh.eu/nlccam/20160701-02.shtml

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)
-------- ------ ----- ----- ----- -----  ----- -------------------
00:00:19  4.000 356.1 -11.0  -2.6  19.4  0-255 q3297.jpg m3297.jpg
00:15:18  4.000 359.7 -11.1  -2.6  18.7  0-255 q3302.jpg m3302.jpg
00:30:19  4.000   3.2 -11.0  -2.6  19.2  0-255 q3307.jpg
00:45:19  4.000   6.7 -10.8  -2.5  21.1  0-255 q3312.jpg
01:00:19  4.000  10.2 -10.5  -2.3  25.3  0-255 q3317.jpg
01:15:10  2.000  13.6 -10.1  -2.0  34.1  0-255 q3320.jpg
01:30:10  2.000  17.1  -9.5  -1.6  55.6  0-255 q3324.jpg
01:45:03  1.000  20.5  -8.9  -1.1 104.5  0-255 q3326.jpg m3326.jpg
02:00:02  0.500  23.9  -8.1  -0.4 144.1  0-255 q3328.jpg m3328.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).