"Comet Holmes - Yellow Diamond"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Oct 29 10:13:01 2007 UTC

While I don't have the proper equipment for nice imaging of this strange comet, I do have a couple visual tools and my imagination. I came up with this rendering after observing the comet on October 28, 2007 using both an 8 inch telescope at 100 power and 11x80 binoculars. First I did a rough pencil sketch which I scanned. Then in Photoshop I reversed the sketch and began to paint. While there were stars visible in both fields of view, including within the coma, I did not record the stars accurately but the finished composite drawing seems to capture several elements of my viewing experience including the bright star-like inner coma directly at center and an off-center fan of bright debris out from this. Beyond that the comet seemed like a hollow frosted glass orb with darker areas void of material and a brighter ring on the "surface" of this. This was all a golden yellowish hue. Then beyound the inner workings and visible easily in my 11x80 binos was a faint ring of bluish-green on the outside. Who would have thought a comet could be both so strange and simply beautiful at the same time? Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.com

"INTENSE"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sun Oct 28 09:10:01 2007 UTC

A couple of recent projects as well as a new scanner have brought me to once again look over some older images. This intense breakup occurred on the night of October 16, 2003 and is photographed over the Alaska Range from Near Talkeetna, Alaska using a 6x9 medium-format camera. God how I yearn for more of these active nights during this current solar minimum! Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"LOW ARCS AT ANCHOR BEACH"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Oct 17 20:57:01 2007 UTC

On the early morning of October 2, 2007, the wind was howling at the beach on Anchor Point but the aurora was not. The wind was a gale straight out of the north gusting to 30 knots or more but the aurora remained mosly gentle arcs and mottled patches low on the horizon. I used a 6x9 cm. home-built medium-format camera with a 98mm lens and Kodak E100G film to record the modest display during this 12-second exposure from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"PATIENCE"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Oct 17 20:30:01 2007 UTC

If there is one word to describe what is required of auroral photography it would be patience. For the three hours or so that I sat on the beach at Deep Creek, Alaska, I was finally rewarded with a few rays in the north. The August 27, 2007 display was modest and brief and I was only able to get this one shot off before the display faded into moonlight and pesky clouds moved in from the east. I used a home-built 6x9 cm. medium-format camera with a 98mm lens and Kodak E100G film for this 10 second exposure at 3:00 a.m local time. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"POT OF GOLD"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Oct 17 09:31:01 2007 UTC

With the fall colors at their height it, wasn't hard to find a pot of gold around every bend. This rainbow was seen briefly as the sun broke through the clouds on Turnagain Pass on Alaska's Kenai Penainsula September 25, 2007. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"ALTOCUMULUS STANDING LENTICULAR"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Oct 17 08:57:01 2007 UTC

This is a bold example of standing lenticular clouds or ACSL photographed near sunset from the Homer, Alaska area in early September 2007. These clouds can form when upper-level winds encounter a mountain range and indicate severe turbulance for powered aviation. At times they may resemble flying saucers or stacks of pancakes. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

"AURORA OVER THE CHUGACH"

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Oct 17 08:30:01 2007 UTC

On the morning of August 25, 2007 I was about three hours into my weekly commute from Homer to Anchorage when the clouds started to break up and a nice auroral display became visible over the Chugach Mountains of South-Central Alaska. Luckily, I build extra time into these trips so that I can stop to marvel at the wonders along the way. I used a 6x9cm home-built medium-format camera with a 98mm lens and Kodak E100 G film for this 10-second exposure. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent Dawn

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Sep 28 21:18:01 2007 UTC

Around 4:00 a.m on August 11, 2007 a nice display of noctilucent or "night shining" clouds was painting the northeastern horizon. I photographed it from the Twenty Mile River about an hour southeast of Anchorage, Alaska using a Pentax 67 with a 105mm lens and Fuji Velvia 100 film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

From the Beach

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Sep 26 18:10:01 2007 UTC

At 151degrees and 52 minutes W Longitude, this is the place that is the furthest west that you can drive to in the Western Hemispere. This is the beach at Anchor Point, Alaska. Lucky for me it is only about 15 minutes from home. This was one of the first auroras of the season for me taken on August 10, 2007 around local midnight. The sun, just a few degrees below the horizon, was still lighting up the high thin clouds in the north creating a sunset that now had become a sunrise. This is a crop from an original obtained with a 6x9 medium format camera equipped with a 98mm lens and Kodak E100G film for a 5-second exposure. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent Dreams

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 25 23:29:01 2007 UTC

This is a large pano of a noctilucent cloud display as seen from near Homer, Alaska during the wee hours of August 7, 2007. It was created from three images taken with a 6x7 medium-format camera on Fuji Velvia 100 film. I tried to make it smaller but even this "thumbnail" hardly does it justice as the original images have about 100 megs of raw digital equivelence. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Out of Hope

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Sep 25 20:39:01 2007 UTC

I was on my way to Anchorage and had found myself about 20 miles out of Hope, Alaska on the early morning of August 11, 2007. A display of rare and strangely beautiful noctilucent clouds was painting the sky in front of me as the effects of the midnight sun lingered on the northern horizon. A very faint glow from the aurora adds its feeble greenish light above the mysterious clouds. I used a home-built medium-format camera with a 98mm lens and 6x9 Kodak E100G film to record the display. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Me and My Shadow

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Sep 24 21:19:01 2007 UTC



This shot was taken from Willow Lake on March 28, 2007. I was using a home-made "Mega View" camera that consists of a 30mm fisheye lens on 4x5 large format film. The view looks roughly eastward at the volcanic peaks of Wrangel St. Elias Park and is 180 degrees from top to bottom ad side to side. A modest aroral display paints the distance while the moon spills my shadow down the steep slope in front of me. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Noctilucent Clouds August 7, 2007

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Tue Aug 7 19:41:01 2007 UTC

I took this image of the strange glowing cluds at around 3:30 a.m. local time from near Homer, Alaska using a cheap digital camera. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Redoubt Volcano with Moon and Venus

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Jul 18 23:00:01 2007 UTC

Our sister planet, Venus, shines to the left of a crescent moon as they make their way toward a rendezvous with the northwestern horizon and Redoubt Volcano. This "evening" scene was just past midnight on the early morning of June 18, 2007 at Deep Creek, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. During this time of year strong twilight permiates the short "night" and there is no sharp line that defines the evening from the morning. I used a Pentax 67 medium format camera with a 300mm lens at f5.6 and Fuji Velvia 100F film for this 1/15 sec. exposure. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Arc Over the Wrangells

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Apr 12 04:17:01 2007 UTC

A diffuse arc suddenly brightens and begins to form kinks and short rays in the eastern sky at the beginning of a small substorm on the night of March 27-28, 2003. The arc, rises from 14,163 foot Mount Wrangell (at right) and over 16,237 foot Mount Sanford (at left.) Wrangell is an active volcano having last erupted in 1930 and is the northernmost active volcano in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Sanford is also a huge volcano but has not erupted in modern times and is considered extinct. Although the aurora seems to touch the mountains, this is just an illusion of line-of-sight as the aurora is in reality about 20 times higher. I used a 6x9cm medium format camera with a 98mm lens and Fuji Provia 100 film for this 10-second exposure from Willow Lake, Alaska. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Rays Above the Alaska Range

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Apr 5 21:16:01 2007 UTC

During the early morning of March 27, 2007 bright rays formed along an arc and began to move westward over the mountains as if carried on the wind. These rays are seen here bunching up in the northwestern sky as viewed from the Central Alaska Range. I used a 6x9cm. medium format camera with a 98mm lens and Kodak E100G film to record the sight while a great horned owl hooted its approval from somewhere in the night. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Big Eddy

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Apr 5 19:47:01 2007 UTC

Just after 1:00 a.m. local time on March 24, 2007, a diffuse arc up to 60 degrees alt. began to brighten and show ray structure in the east. The arc began to twist and fold becoming an active rayed band, as seen here from Deep Creek, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. . These folds would drift westward as the tall rays moved rapidly along them. It gave the illusion of great eddies much like the whirlpools in a deep stream making its way over unseen boulders. I used a 6x7 medium format camera and 38mm lens on Kodak E200 film to record the display. Copyright (c) Dennis Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

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Comet SWAN

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 23:59:01 2007 UTC

This shot was taken on the evning of October 27, 2006 from near Homer, Alaska. The faint comet SWAN is visible sporting a few degrees of tail at upper left. A few lights from Anchor Point are visible as streaks during this 3 minute exposure using a 6x7 medium-format camera and 75mm lens and Kodak E100G film mounted on a "barn door" tracker. Maybe I just have too many cameras to keep track of but this shot patiently waited as a latent image on the film until I finally finished the roll and had it processed 5 months later. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at; auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Breakup at Nikolaevsk

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 23:40:01 2007 UTC

This image was taken on the early morning of March 13, 2007 from near the Russian village of Nikolaevsk on Alaska's Southern Kenai Peninsula. This night was marked by several minor substorms. Repeatedly an arc would form in the north and suddenly brighten and form tall rays which then rapidly move westward and fade only to start the process again and again. I used a 6x7 medium-format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E200 film to record the scene. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acslalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Do a Little Dance

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 22:59:01 2007 UTC

On the dark and moonless early morning of March 12, 2007 green rays are seen to drift slowly westward against a diffuse arc. In reality, I don't know which of the auroral forms was in front of the other although I believe that the rays were in fact behind the arc. Sometimes it is these quiet shows that can prove to be very photogenic. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm lens and Kodak E200 film for this exposure. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Dances With the Moon

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 19:36:01 2007 UTC

The magical northern lights are dancing in the moonlight as viewed from Alaska's Western Kenai Peninsula on the early morning of March 7, 2007 I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 38mm lens and Fuji Provia 100F film for this image. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Dark Night

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 18:34:01 2007 UTC

Tall rays were begining to form in the eastern sky along an arc that had remained quiet for the past couple hours. A hint of red can be seen in the upper parts qualifying this aurora as color type A. This was the beginning of a pretty nice breakup that started around 3:00 a.m. local time on March 12, 2007as viewed from Alaska's Southern Kenai Peninsula. I used a 6x7 medium format camera with a 75mm lens for this image on Fuji Provia 100F film. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Dancing in the Dark

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Wed Apr 4 18:34:01 2007 UTC

Around 4:30 a.m. local time on March 12, 2007, the aurora begins to flicker wildly near the end of breakup. I used a 6x7 medium-format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E200 film for this image from Alaska's Southern Kenai Peninsula. Copyright(c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acslaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Ididadog

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Mon Apr 2 18:58:01 2007 UTC

A few hearty spectators gather along the Iditerod sled dog race at a checkpoint that does not exist hundreds of miles from the actual trail. I have always had in mind a photo of a dog team in action under the northern lights but due to the longer exposures required for the lights the dogs and musher would be hopelessly blurred. So, it is through the magic of Photoshop that I am able to combine two images into one. The dog team was photographed at the cerimonial start to the famous race in downtown Anchorage during a bright sunlit day in early March of 2007. The aurora was photographed a couple weeks later in the Central Alaska Range. I used some "Hollywood" effects to turn the day to night and make the whole scene a little more believable. I can almost hear those footfalls padding the snow as they approach. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Blow on Chilly Wind

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sun Apr 1 19:36:01 2007 UTC

Drifted snow is evedence of the fierceness of the wind over the last day or so. Thankfully, it had calmed down a bit on this night but it still was able to find chinks in my armor to remind me of its ability to rapidly lower the body temperature. This view is looking to the northwest from the Delta River bottom in the Central Alaska Range on the night of March 26-27, 2007. I used a Home-built 6x7cm. medium-format camera with a 38mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E200 film for this exposure. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit www.auroradude.com

Beauty Lights

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Sat Mar 31 22:54:01 2007 UTC

Mother nature sure had the beauty lights on tonight as the moon shone from high in the south while the aurora glowed with a bright green that was now surging across the northern sky. An owl was hooting its approval. The wind was gently wafting through the trees and larger gusts could be heard higher up the flanks on this otherwise silent night. This view is looking to the northeast in the mountains of the Central Alaska Range near 62.7 degrees north. It was March 26, 2007 and although the calendar said "spring" it was still winter here. I used a 6x7 home-built medium-format camera with a 75mm lens and Fuji Provia 100F to record the moment. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Aurora Over Wrangell-St.Elias

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Fri Mar 30 09:02:01 2007 UTC

Although the aurora did not fill the sky tonight with a powerful show, it did many wonderful things. This was one of them. After one of the modest break-ups, or substorms, remnants of the display float above the mountains as another arc low in the north, displays colorful nitrogen fringing while gathering strength for its own little display. This March 28, 2007 view, from Willow Lake located south of Glenellen, Alaska, includes 12, 010' Mount Drum (left) and 16,237' Mount Sanford (right) These now-extinct volcanos are located in the northwest part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Interestingly, a commercial DC-4 crashed into the side of Sanford on March 12, 1948 killing all 30 aboard. It is speculated that the pilots were distracted by a brilliant auroral display seen on that night. I used a home-built 6x9 medium-format camera with a 98mm lens and a 10-second exposure on Fuji Provia 100F film for this photo. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

Post-Breakup Sky

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Mar 29 22:24:01 2007 UTC

This was only meant to be a test shot. I was using a modified 30mm lens mounted on a modified 4x5 camera to create a circular fish-eye image about 3-1/2 inches in diameter on 4x5 inch large-format film. I'm going to call this contraption the "Semi-Omni Cam" with a "Duditar" lens. It will take an image of the whole sky when pointed straight up. This shot is taken after a nice auroral substorm in the early morning of March 27, 2007 from the central Alaska Range. It has east more or less at the bottom. The moon is low in the northwest near the stars Castor and Pollux. The "wing" on the moon is a flag cloud from one of the 13,000 foot peaks in the area. The Big dipper can be seen high center with the bright star Arcturus high right. Vega and Deneb are at low center. The film I used was Lodak EPP100 and it was a bit old. Push-processing really increased the grain but it did the job and let me know there is great potential for this rig. Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at; auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit; www.auroradude.com

Eastern Sky Deep Creek

Submitted by: Dennis Anderson at Thu Mar 29 21:13:01 2007 UTC

What a beautiful sight now to see tall rays reaching up into the night sky where moments before there was just a faint arc and diffuse glow. This was the eastern sky on the early morning of March 24, 2007 as seen from the beach at Deep Creek, Alaska located at 60 degrees north on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. It had been so long since seeing such a nice show, between the solar minimum and bad weather but now clear and cold was dominating the state. Finally, things were beginning to click into place once again. I used a home-built 6x9 medium-format camera with a 98mm f/1.4 lens and a 10 second exposure on Fuji Provia 100F film. (I'm here to tell you that film still rules!) Copyright (c) Dennis C. Anderson Night Trax Photography Contact at: auroradude@acsalaska.net or visit: www.auroradude.com

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