After being alerted to a major solar eruption from various
newsletters and mailing lists, I was quite disappointed with
the weather prospects for the following night!
Even though cloud cover was 100%, and it was still raining,
I decided to take my digital camera, the serial cable, the
laptop computer and a small tripod with me, when I headed
off to an evening meeting.
When leaving the building at 10 p.m. the rain had stopped,
but it was still clouded over. Inspite of the conditions I
drove to my favorite observing location (Oberbildstein), searched
for a place with a good northern horizon and waited...
After a little while some stars were visible in the Zenith.
I constantly watched the northern horizon but couldn´t
make out any glow. So I started some all-sky images with the
Nikon fisheye adaptor.
On the 3rd image I noticed a red glow in the northern direction!!
Some minutes later the aurora was plainly visible to the
naked eye and I was thrilled to see white and red curtains
of light, slowly changing in form and brightness. Sometimes
rays of light were visible. During this time I took some images
with the camera controlled by the computer.
It didn´t last long... When I could not see the aurora
anymore, I decided to do some more full-sky images. I was
astonished to see the aurora still visible on this 40sec.
also check out the images and movies
from the following day!