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N 93 B 6.2K C 171 E Mar 2, 2021 F Mar 4, 2021
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The Big Dipper and The Milky Way check out an aurora, looking north towards Polaris from Broadford Bay, Skye. As the aurora was so close to the horizon, and with no foreground opportunities along the shore at a very high tide, I decided to try my Samyang 14mm to capture the rare clear starry sky as well as the aurora - seven 10-second exposures were combined using Sequator for the stars. For the aurora, I used a 20 second exposure with the same lens, then combined it all in photoshop. The aurora was low, but at this point in the evening, it was bright enough to be able to see with the naked eye (though of course the camera is needed to get the brilliant colours).

Just published on the BBC news website, Scotland page, in the 'Your Pictures' feature for photos sent in from February 26 to March 5, 2021.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape night aurora aurora borealis stars night sky Milky Way Big Dipper Ursa Major Broadford Bay

N 148 B 4.1K C 232 E Feb 23, 2020 F Apr 8, 2020
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The sun sets at the end of a successful STS mission - no recruits were lost in the making of the photographs (but I believe a filter was harmed)...

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape seascape Elgol sunset surf stswhodaresshoots NGC NPC STS

N 122 B 3.8K C 182 E Mar 13, 2020 F Mar 28, 2020
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Remains of an old shed, by the side of the loch - needs good high water to get it 'isolated' from the shore edge. A 15-second exposure blurred the reflections, giving contrast to the sharp lines of the shed.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape Kilchrist Loch Cill Chriosd wreck shed mountain Beinn na Caillich rust

N 152 B 9.9K C 369 E Mar 18, 2018 F Mar 19, 2018
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'Steve' is a name for something unknown from the 2006 animated comedy 'Over the Hedge'. It is an unusual atmospheric optical phenomenon studied in 2017 by aurora watchers from Alberta, Canada that has been given the backronym 'Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement'.

Tags:   Scotland Skye aurora aurora borealis northern lights Broadford Orion night stars Beinn na Caillich steve mountain sea sky Broadford Bay

N 143 B 7.3K C 125 E Jan 31, 2019 F Feb 1, 2019
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My husband had only minutes earlier returned from a ten-day absence - perfect time to get out for the aurora...

Tags:   Scotland Skye aurora aurora borealis northern lights landscape seascape night sky Broadford Bay long exposure NGC NPC


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