Green Snow

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Apr 9 13:53:03 2003 UTC

A truly breathtaking show of lights on 28th March 2003 from the Egilssel hut in the mountains east of Vatnajökull, Iceland. This was some of the brightest surora of an evening of constant activity all over the sky, nearly washing out Taurus, and girdling Orion. It was bright enough to illumiate the snow in the foreground of this 20 second exposure with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. The nearest house is 25km away, and the nearest town (still fewer than 2000 people) is 35km away over the mountains, so the skies were perfectly clear and dark, and absolutely ideal for watching aurorae. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

 

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Another Icelandic rainbow/waterfall - Skógarfoss

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Thu Aug 25 16:13:01 2005 UTC

Inspired by the previous posting of Paul Glynn from Gullfoss (nice photo!) here's one from Skógarfoss, south Iceland in March 2003. Iceland truly is a great place for waterfalls and rainbows! © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

aurora photography 101...

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Tue Jan 25 13:00:01 2005 UTC

...get away from the stretlights! Here's a 3-photo panorama from the very nice display of 21st January 2005, looking from the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill acros Edinburgh in Scotland. A fine display to the eye, and occasionally very impressive with rays and curtains almost to the zenith, but despite Photoshop's best attempts, it remains largely obscured by the city skyglow. The red rays reported by others from elsewhere in Scotland and northern England were resoutely hidden on this occasion. 3 x 15s exposure with Casio QV3500EX digi camera. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Aurora, 30th August 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Nov 17 11:34:01 2004 UTC

In amongst all these photos of the November 2004 storm, which I managed to miss entirely :-( here's a photo from last year in Iceland which I found recently in my collection. 20 second exposure with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. andycasely@hotmail.com

Nacreous clouds from the Old Course

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sat Oct 16 16:21:01 2004 UTC

A scanned photo of the amazing display of nacreous clouds visible across parts of the UK in February 2000. The picture was taken in broad daylight from the southern end of the beach at St Andrews (looking across the Old Course), with the Swilken Burn in the foreground. People were looking up as if thre was a UFO in the sky! © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

A guarded Landie

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Sep 20 16:03:01 2004 UTC

Our faithful Landrover, 'Eddie' provides the foreground for, and is guarded by, a pair of sundogs in Akureyri, northern Iceland. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Arcs

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jan 19 20:24:02 2004 UTC

The beginning to the entertaining night described in 'Green Snow'. Some really nice arcs of light in the twilight on 28th March 2003 from the Egilssel hut in the mountains east of Vatnajökull, Iceland. Inside for beer, Brennivin and reindeer liver...lovely! © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Cittàgazze - or Iceland...

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jan 19 19:53:02 2004 UTC

If anyone's ever read 'Northern Lights' (and the rest of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy- superb read!), at times, the city of Cittàgazze is visible through the Northern Lights - which make the fabric of our Universe thin so we can see other universes! It's not Svalbard, but Iceland, and there's no city visible but... if you imagine... © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Clean blue and green

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jan 19 19:15:01 2004 UTC

A crisp, clear evening at the end of a long day of fieldwork last summer in northern Iceland, and joined by a beautiful simple arc of aurora which had several blue rays embedded within it. No lights (or light pollution) for miles! © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Lunar halo, 8th January 2004

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Tue Jan 13 18:12:01 2004 UTC

Lunar halos usually appear whitish to the eye, as they're quite faint, but this one displayed its full colours to both eye and camera. Taken from Edinburgh, Scotland, 10 second exposure with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Bottled magic!

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sat Dec 13 13:48:02 2003 UTC

Fieldwork fun in Iceland - as the vapours flow from Glenfiddich's fine bottle (held by Hannah and Jill). Blurring not (entirely) due to alcoholism... © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Illumination

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Dec 8 11:55:01 2003 UTC

Aurora can make a huge difference to the lighting of the sky. These two photos (same exposure settings) were taken about ten minutes apart on the 27th August 2003 from northern Iceland, as a very close Mars skimmed the southern horizon. The left-hand image just had the green band in the south and the foreground was dark. A pale green featureless aurora then invaded the entire sky, flooding from west to east. Though it wasn't particularly bright or intense, its total light in a moonless sky was enough to illuminate the valley and glaciers in green. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Mars and auroral light, 27th August 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Dec 8 11:20:01 2003 UTC

The evening after Mars' closest approach to Earth. Camping in a north-facing valley in northern Iceland on fieldwork, and treated to a blazing Mars skimming the horizon of corrie glaciers in a sparkling sky, with the glaciers and landscape lit green by auroral light. Uranus is also in the photo. 60 second exposure on Casio QV3500EX. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Red aurora #2, November 20th 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Fri Nov 21 10:07:01 2003 UTC

More colourful aurorae from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. 20 second exposure with Casio QV3500-EX digital camera. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Red aurora, November 20th 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Fri Nov 21 09:41:01 2003 UTC

A bright red curtain extending to the zenith through Auriga and Perseus on another memorable night for watching the aurora in Edinburgh. The photo was taken from Holyrood Park near the centre of Edinburgh - it must have been really good from dark skies! 20 second exposure with Casio QV3500-EX digital camera. © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Aberdeenshire sunrise montage, 31st May 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jun 2 13:24:02 2003 UTC

Here's a montage of the closing phases of the annular eclipse as seen from western Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Sun was rising out of a bank of mist which obscured the annular phase itself. None of the photos were filtered, thanks to the mist! © Andy Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Crescent sunrise#2, 31st May 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jun 2 10:56:01 2003 UTC

A second photo of sunrise from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday morning at 04:55am local time. Photo with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Crescent sunrise#1, 31st May 2003

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Jun 2 10:42:01 2003 UTC

The beautiful sunrise from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday morning at 04:52am local time. The sun is just clearing the banks of coastal fog that hid annularity. The haze allowed for photos of the eclipse without filters, and for a very nice scene. Photo with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com.

Noctilucent clouds over the Edinburgh skyline

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Tue Feb 25 10:37:01 2003 UTC

A fine display of noctilucent clouds, with the outline of Arthur's Seat to the right hand side of the photo. Taken at midnight on the 24th-25th June 2001; 2-second exposure with Canon PowerShot S20.


Lightning from Edinburgh, June 26th 2001

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Feb 19 14:30:01 2003 UTC

Taken during the best thunderstorm in Edinburgh for quite a few years, this nearby flash took me by surprise and lit up the room! You can see the camera reflected in the window. I wasn't so fortunate in later photos taken through an open window. Canon PowerShot S20 digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com


January 9th 2001 lunar eclipse - partial phase

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Feb 19 13:56:01 2003 UTC

The moon is emerging from the Earth's shadow in this photo taken with eyepiece projection through my 8 3/4" Dobsonian telescope with a Canon PowerShot S20 digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com


January 9th 2001 lunar eclipse - totality

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Feb 19 13:50:01 2003 UTC

Unfortunately the photo is slightly out-of-focus, but it shows the reddish totally eclipsed moon. The blurred star below the moon was occulted later in the eclipse. Eyepiece projection through 8 3/4" Dobsonian telescope with Canon PowerShot S20 digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com


Photo panorama of Icelandic aurora, 27th August 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Wed Dec 11 17:12:01 2002 UTC

This is a composition of four 20-second exposures looking across Hornafjörður towards the southern outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull. You can see a fainter arc inside the main arc that went overhead. The foreground, clouds and glaciers are illuminated by the near-full moon. Taken with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. The image was kindly processed by LeRoy Zimmerman (www.photosymphony.com), greatly improving and tidying up the composition to give a better impression of the scene. Many thanks LeRoy! © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Leonid meteor, 19th November 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Mon Dec 2 14:40:01 2002 UTC

Of 92 photos taken in the two hours up to the first Leonid peak, this was one of only 3 Leonids I caught, largely due to light pollution and a hazy Edinburgh sky limiting the exposure time. This was despite visually observing over two hundred meteors during the same time! 10 second exposure from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh with a Casio QV3500EX camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Quiet auroral band, Iceland, 19th September 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:39:01 2002 UTC

It seems that from Iceland, nearly every clear dark night has an aurora of some sort! The only clear sky in 10 nights produced a pleasant display from near Seljaland, southern Iceland, and allowed a group of undergraduates to see it, many for the first time. 15 second exposure with Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Dawn aurora, Iceland, 22nd August 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:30:01 2002 UTC

As dawn approached and the moon set over Hornafjörður, the aurora continued a very nice display, reflecting in the foreground water. Unfortunately this photo was slightly out-of-focus, but the effect is still nice. 25 second exposure with Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Arc over ice, 25th August 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:16:01 2002 UTC

A night of quiet auroral activity over Hornafjörður, Iceland, looking towards some of the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull. The foreground is lit by the moon. 20 second exposure with Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Aurora from Akureyri, Iceland, 18th August 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:00:01 2002 UTC

My first reasonably successful Icelandic aurora photo, taken in evening twilight from Akureyri campsite on a stunningly clear evening. The view is southwest as an active pulse of green aurora appeared and moved overhead. 6 second exposure with Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

First Quarter Moon, February 2000

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:53:01 2002 UTC

Photo of the first quarter Moon taken with a tripod-mounted Canon PowerShot S20 digital camera directly through the eyepiece of my 8 1/2-inch Dobsonian telescope. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

Icelandic aurora in moonlight, 27th August 2002

Submitted by: Andrew Casely at Sun Dec 1 16:59:02 2002 UTC

This scene was lit by the near-full moon in the south, illuminating the foreground, clouds and glaciers (Öræfajökull is in the clouds below the auroral band, and Skálafellsjökull is to the right). The reflection in Hornafjörður was a bonus! 40 second exposure with a Casio QV3500EX digital camera. © Andrew Casely, andycasely@hotmail.com

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