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NLC 2019-06-15/16

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: 2019-06-15/16

   UT     forms  bright   height   azimuth   comments
                  ness   top bot  left rght  e.g. weather
--------  -----  ------  --- ---  ---- ----  --------------------------------
21:45:05  X                                  widespread cloud
22:00:05  X                                  widespread cloud
22:15:06  X                                  cloud to h 20
22:30:06  X                                  cloud to h 15
22:45:08  X                                  cloud to h 10 or 15
23:00:19  X                                  cloud to h 10
23:15:19  X                                  cloud to h 5
23:30:32  X                                  cloud to h 5
23:45:32  X                                  cloud to h 5
00:00:32  X                                  cloud to h 10
00:15:32  X                                  cloud to h 5
00:30:32  X                                  cloud to h 10 or 15
00:45:32  II         2    25                 through cloud
01:00:32  X                                  cloud to h 20
01:15:09  II         2    25                 through cloud
01:30:09  I,II       2    30      <325       some cloud
01:45:08  I,II       2    30      <325       through cloud
02:00:07  I          2    35      <325  >35  little cloud
02:15:05  I          1    30                 cloud patches below
02:30:05  0                                  some cloud patches
02:45:04  0                                  some cloud patches

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: 2019-06-15/16
Start: 00:45
End: 02:15
Forms: I,II
Max elevation: 35
Max brightness: 2
Comments: through cloud
http://www.chiandh.eu/nlccam/20190615-16.html

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)
-------- ------ ----- ----- ----- -----  ----- -------------------
00:45:32  8.000   7.5 -10.4  -2.2  26.8  0-255 q7711.jpg m7711.jpg
01:15:09  2.000  14.3  -9.6  -1.7  50.1  0-255 q7717.jpg
01:30:09  2.000  17.8  -9.1  -1.2  89.0  0-255 q7720.jpg
01:45:08  2.000  21.2  -8.4  -0.7 134.1  0-255 q7722.jpg
02:00:07  1.000  24.6  -7.5   0.1 155.2  0-255 q7724.jpg
02:15:05  0.500  27.9  -6.6   1.2 164.7  0-255 q7726.jpg m7726.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).