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NLC 2018-07-02/03

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: 2018-07-02/03

   UT     forms  bright   height   azimuth   comments
                  ness   top bot  left rght  e.g. weather
--------  -----  ------  --- ---  ---- ----  --------------------------------
21:45:02  0                                  cloud to h 5
22:00:05  X                                  cloud to h 10 or 20
22:15:05  X                                  almost overcast
22:30:07  X                                  almost overcast
22:45:09  X                                  overcast
23:00:19  X                                  almost overcast
23:15:19  II         2                       through cloud
23:30:19  NLC        3                       through cloud
23:45:53  II         3    15                 cloud to h 10 or 15
00:00:32  II         3    15       350  >35  cloud to h 5 or 15
00:15:32  I          2                       through cloud
00:30:32  II         3    10                 through cloud
00:45:32  I          3    10                 through cloud
01:00:32  II         3    10                 through cloud
01:15:19  I          2    10                 through cloud
01:30:18  I          2    10                 through cloud
01:45:09  X                                  cloud to h 10
02:00:06  X                                  cloud to h 15
02:15:06  X                                  overcast
02:30:05  X                                  overcast
02:45:05  X                                  overcast

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: 2018/07/02-03
Start: 23:15
End: 01:30
Forms: I,II
Max elevation: 15
Max brightness: 3
Comments: Through cloud.
http://www.chiandh.eu/nlccam/20180702-03.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)
-------- ------ ----- ----- ----- -----  ----- -------------------
23:15:19  4.000 345.6 -10.0  -1.9  36.1  0-255 q0563.jpg
23:30:19  4.000 349.1 -10.5  -2.2  26.0  0-255 q0567.jpg
23:45:53 15.000 352.7 -10.8  -2.5  21.2  0-255 q0573.jpg
00:00:32  8.000 356.2 -11.0  -2.6  19.0  0-255 q0577.jpg
00:15:32  8.000 359.7 -11.1  -2.6  18.3  0-255 q0582.jpg
00:30:32  8.000   3.2 -11.0  -2.6  18.8  0-255 q0587.jpg
00:45:32  8.000   6.7 -10.9  -2.5  20.7  0-255 q0592.jpg
01:00:32  8.000  10.2 -10.6  -2.3  24.7  0-255 q0597.jpg
01:15:19  4.000  13.6 -10.1  -2.0  33.1  0-255 q0600.jpg
01:30:18  4.000  17.1  -9.6  -1.6  53.5  0-255 q0604.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).