Comet McNaught in Full Daylight 01/14/07

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sun Jan 14 23:00:01 2007 UTC

Here is my best attempt at taking a shot of Mcnaught in the daytime. This was taken at about local noon on January 14, 2007 using an olympus digital camera at the eyepiece of a pair of 11x80 binoculars. The comet was very difficult to spot as it was only about 5 degrees east of the sun and from our latitude of 60 degrees north, the elevation of the comet was only about 7 degrees above the southern horizon. I used some dark arrows to help locate the comet in this field of view. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Dec 25 21:38:01 2006 UTC

Happy holidays to all! From our house on the hill. I should wish that this finds you all warm and well and may all your nights be filled with the magical light of the auroras! Hope you don't mind but I found it was a lot easier to photoshop the lights in rather than climbing up and down a tall ladder. Enjoy!!!! (c) copyright Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Augustine Volcano Misty Ridge

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Nov 30 02:16:01 2006 UTC

The sun had just set and now a fog was beginning to rise from the cold waters of Cook Inlet. This mist added depth to the September 2006 view of Augustine Volcano from our driveway near Homer, Alaska. The Island volcano has cooled considerably since its major eruptions over 10 months ago but it is still seen to be quite warm to this day as evidenced by constant steaming and out gassing. copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Parting shot April 16, 2006

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Sep 30 03:39:01 2006 UTC

With the moon bright and full in the south the aurora let out one more scream as it rapidly retreated northward. I wanted to chase it down the driveway but knew it was futile to even try. This would be the last nice night of activity for me until the start of the next season in early August. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Many Returns

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Sep 23 02:10:01 2006 UTC

It was now about 2:00a.m. local time and the northern horizon had gotten as dark as it would get on this short August 7, 2006 night. I was returning home after a weekend in Anchorage and was delighted by the return of darkness and with it the northern lights. Salmon were also returning after 3-5 years at sea and an occasional loud splash broke the silence as they began to move upstream. I used a 6x7 medium format camera and wide-angle lens to capture the flickering aurora over the mouth of Deep Creek on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Copyright(c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Love at First Sight

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Sep 21 22:21:01 2006 UTC

Its always "love at first sight" when the aurora season returns and that first display is spotted on the northern horizon. Many summer visitors to Alaska come with the myth that they will have to go north, perhaps to Fairbanks, in the dead of the winter to view auroras. They are then surprised to find out that they might, in fact, have a better chance to view the phenomenon from further south, while it is still summer time without a heavy parka and while the green leaves are still on the trees. This twilight aurora was captured on film from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula at the village of Ninilchik, lat. 60 degrees north, on August 7, 2006. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: aurorade@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Purple Sky over Redoubt

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Sep 21 21:17:01 2006 UTC

Tall rays of aurora reach up above Earth's shadowy night into direct sunlight and in doing so, are transformed into a beautiful purple light. The Great Bear, Ursa Major, is bathed in this light and is persued by Booties, the archer, seen at left. This drama takes place in the twilight sky above the Alaska Peninsula as seen from Deep Creek, across Cook Inlet, on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Redoubt volcano is seen about 50 miles distant as the soothing sound of salt-water waves lapping at the near shore are wafted on a light breeze. Compared to higher latitudes, the aurora season returns early to the Kenai Peninsula. This display was photographed on August 7, 2006 using a home-built medium format camera and Kodak E100G film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Earthshine over Illiamna Volcano

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Sep 23 18:44:02 2006 UTC

The beauty we see on this planet never ceases to amaze me. Here we have the crescent moon reflecting earthshine back to us while it is pearched over Illiamna Volcano. The Volcano is seen with steam rising from its summit which then drifts for several miles northward. A Pentax 6x7 and 200 mm lens was used to capture the view from our home near Homer, Alaska on the late evening of April 28, 2006. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent Clouds July 28

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 19 09:22:01 2006 UTC

I snapped this image of a bright patch of noctilucent couds from Soldotna, Alaska at about 12:30 a.m. local time July 28, 2006 using a Pentax 6x7 and 40mm fish eye lens. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Southern Arc

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 19 09:03:01 2006 UTC

This is an image I just had to share. It is taken on the night of August 7, 2006 and is a 4 minute exposure looking south. The aurora seen here is an unusual, faint proton arc that was not much brighter than the "Milky Way". What is unusual is that the faint rays held their structure for the long exposure and barely moved for several additional minutes. There is also a faint orange-ish glow caused by the moon just below the southern horizon. It had barely risen to a couple degrees in altitude before setting again on this short summer night from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Its Magic Time!

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 19 08:35:01 2006 UTC

It's 1:30 a.m. on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and the aurora is putting on a Magic show in a sky painted with the late-summer twilight. Salmon are running on this short August 7, 2006 night and the bright lights of fishing boats are seen on Cook Inlet near the mouths of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek as they race to grab thier quotas. I used a 6x7cm Medium format camera, 38mm lens and Kodak E100G film to capture the scene. The fish and the auroras wait for no one. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

When Darkness Falls

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 19 08:15:01 2006 UTC

It is always an exciting time when the darkness returns and the first aurora is sighted. Here is the one to kick off our season this year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula at 60 degrees north. the image is taken on August 7, 2006 from about 10 miles north of Ninilchik using a 6x7 cm. home-built medium-format camera with a 38mm lens and Kodak E100G film. I have spotted auroras sometimes in late July from this part of Alaska but clouds and activity will dictate exactly when the first aurora will be visible. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Augustine Volcano August 2006

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Sep 1 18:22:01 2006 UTC

Here is a view of Augustine Volcano taken on one of the last days of August 2006. It has been over 6 months since its last major eruptions but it is taking a long time to cool off and we see it steaming and venting volcanic gasses every time that we get a good view. The island volcano is located 75 miles SW of Homer, Alaska and is part of the Aleutian chain of volcanos.

Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Right at the Light

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon May 22 08:20:01 2006 UTC

The bright moon takes center stage as the Northern lights stream from overhead and off towards the west. A component of the aurora takes a hard right northward from the main body during this early morning display.Moonlight is reflected off the waters of Cook Inlet and 11,000 foot Illiamna Volcano is visible on the distant horizon as spruce trees take up the foreground. Even though I had loaded cameras into the van anticipating a night of chasing the aurora and the moonlit scenery, I had found myself parked all night not 100 yards from the end of our driveway. Now I remember why we moved up here. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

April Sky

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sun May 21 09:02:01 2006 UTC

The restless sky filled with auroral forms on this April 16, 2006 early morning view looking north from near Homer, Alaska. The image was acquired using a 6x7 medium format home-built camera and Kodak E200 film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Bright Arc over Redoubt

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Apr 27 17:44:01 2006 UTC

A bright arc or band of auroral light wraps itself around Redoubt Volcano, in the distance, while the small Alaskan village of Anchor Point twinkles with its own lights. This April 16,2006 aurora is displaying the ruddy color of "nitrogen fringing" on its lower border as especially energetic particles penetrated the atmosphere to greater depths (35-50 miles) causing this gas to emit light that is in contrast to the "normal" green light emitted by oxygen atoms found above (60-120 miles). I acquired this image using a 4x5 large format camera equipped with a 150mm lens and Fuji RVP 100F film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Sweet Home Alaska

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 26 18:45:01 2006 UTC

After a few weeks out of the country it was good to be home again enjoying the aurora borealis. I had loaded my van with equipment to go on a chase but found myself parked not 200 yards from home as the aurora created an unusual arc with multiple striations. Our house is seen here as the aurora seems to eminate from its warm inner glow. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm lens and Kodak E200 film for this shot a bit past midnight on April 16, 2006 from near Homer, Alaska. Copyright (cv) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

April Crowning

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 26 18:30:01 2006 UTC

The aurora is seen here overhead as short rays moved slowly from west to east (right to left) creating short radial spokes in a crowning aurora made up of several paralell arcs or bands. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lensto capture the spectacle on Kodak E200 film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Moon above Illiamna

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 26 18:15:01 2006 UTC

The bright moon is seen in the western sky high above Illiamna Volcano and Cook Inlet as a bright band of rays appears over the distant mountains. I used a 6x7 medium format camera and 75mm lens with Kodak E100G film during this April 16, 2006 early morning display. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Illiamna Moondance

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon May 22 18:03:01 2006 UTC

Bright moonlight sparkles off the snow as the dancing lights fill the sky near Homer, Alaska. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm lens and Kodak E100VS film for this wide-angle view from west to north on April 16, 2006. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Flickering Lights

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 26 17:44:01 2006 UTC

Toward dawn on April 16, 2006, the moon was shining brightly near Redoubt Volcano while the aurora flickered wildly in the northern sky as seen from the Southern Kenai Peninsula near Homer, Alaska. The active aurora kept me busy all night with wave after wave of delight. This image was acquired with a 6x7 cm medium format camera and a 75mm lens on Kodak E100G film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Yellow Moon

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 26 17:29:01 2006 UTC

After a night filled with auroral activity the moon is heading for the horizon as the twilight began to grow stronger. The aurora had entered a flickering phase and was fading rapidly at the approaching light of dawn. I used a 6x7 medium format camera and 75mm lens with Kodak E100G film for this view looking NW to N. on the morning of April 16, 2006 Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Augustine Volcano 04/18/06

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Apr 18 22:55:01 2006 UTC

Last night there were several large rock slides on the flank of Augustine and today there is a good amount of steam from the summit. Clear skies enabled me to capture this image through 11x80 binoculars from 75 miles away near Homer, Alaska. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Augustine Volcano 04/06/06

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Apr 7 03:19:01 2006 UTC

The air was as clear as I can ever remember it this morning and it gave us a spectacular of Augustine's on-going eruption as seen from our living room window near Homer Alaska. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night TraxPhotography contact at ; auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Peaceful Morning

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Mar 6 03:30:01 2006 UTC

This was taken after about 4:30 a.m. February 17,2006. What a peaceful night to fall asleep on the beach at Andoya Rocket Range, Norway. copyright (c) Dennis c. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradede.com

Franken-camera Comes to Life

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 3 18:17:01 2006 UTC

This one is for fun. When I recieved the award for Nordly's Photo of the Year I was asked to give a little talk. The winning photo had been taken with a home-built "Franken-camera" - a piece of this a part of that- but we needed to breathe life into this creation. So, as Franken-camera" took their picture from the podium everyone joined me in the aurora dance so as to impart the spirit of the aurora into "Frank". As the audience swayed and waved their arms in a rhythmic undulating motion they invoked the essence of the northern lights seen here filling the room above. copyright(c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Beam us Up

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 3 09:46:01 2006 UTC

Green beams from powerful gas lasers probe the atmosphere from ALOMAR observatory on Andoya Island, Norway. Twin 2 meter telescopes are then used to observe and collect data on how the lasers react in the upper atmosphere as high as about 500 miles above the observatory. Atmospheric composition, ozone, water vapor, particulates and wind speed are just a few of the many types of things studied from here. The goal is collecting as much data as possible over the course of several solar cycles to compare changes both natural and man-caused. This image was taken near the Andoya Rocket Range below the observatory using a 6x7 medium format camera and Kodak E200 film. Faint bands of aurora are also visible in this image of the southern sky. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Nordlys Over the Norwegian Sea

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 3 06:26:01 2006 UTC

The nordlys are seen heredoing a little dance over the Norwegian Sea in this view looking north around 9:00 p.m. local time from the Island of Andoya located off the coast of Norway at 69.2 degrees north latitude. I was using a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm wide angle lens and Kodak E100VS film when I took the photo of the lights and their reflection on the beach. copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Nordleys at Andoya

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 3 05:17:01 2006 UTC

The nordleys or northern lights are visible here reflected in the waters of Booster Bay at the Andoya Rocket Range near Andenes, Norway. I used a 6x7cm. medium-format camera equipped with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E200 film for this image on February 16, 2006. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photoghraphy contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Nordleys on the Fish Rack

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 3 04:21:01 2006 UTC

A large part of the diet in this part of Norway consists of fish. These are old drying racks seen against the backdrop of active northern lights on the evening of February 6, 2006. I used a 38mm lens on a 6x7cm. medium format camera and Kodak E200 film for this common scene along the coast of Andoya Island. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography contact at auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

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