It's on my Bucket list (item #13), and so when I got the word that last night was going to be one of the best opportunities in a long, long time to see one in Tasmania, well, I had to be there.
I had meetings until 9pm, but as soon as they finished I raced home, grabbed my camera and tripod and headed to the top of Mt Nelson ready to see my first Aurora
I was actually surprised at just how excited I was about this, almost driving off the road a few times as I scanned the skies around me trying to see it as soon as possible.
Two and a half hours later - I was still on top of Mt Nelson, I was still waiting, and I had got pretty darn bored.
I had also discovered somewhere in that period that my current camera can't take photos at night (it has a maximum 8 second aperture).
So, here's my best shot for the night ...
and my worst ...
Not really much difference is there?
Just after midnight there was apparently a very short Aurora ... only visible on photos, not to the naked eye, and unfortunately I was unaware it had been and gone until this morning.
I say unfortunately because after going home just before midnight I set myself up in the spare room (which has a window looking due south) and set my alarm to go off every 30 minutes so I could check the facebook updates and stare out at the sky for some sign of the southern lights ...
|My impromptu bed for the night ...|
I did this until just after 3am when I must have slept through my alarm and finally got some sleep.
So ... "See an Aurora" is still an unticked item on my bucket list, but I'm not disappointed that I tried.
Just very, very tired.
Now, if you'll excuse me ... I have to get off to work and be productive ...