Iceland Aurora
Taken by OLIVIER STAIGER on October 26, 2016 @ Iceland
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D
Exposure Time: 3/1
Aperture: f/inf
ISO: 6400
Date Taken: 2016:10:24 20:40:08
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Spent 25 days in Iceland between september 24th and november 5th ( first 11 days, then 2 more weeks ), guiding several aurora hunting tours.
Amongst my guests I had the president of a french astronomy club, and a 85-year vision impaired lady in wheelchair, and a shaman ...
Saw at least some aurora every night but one ... actively AND successfully hunting for clear skies instead of just hoping for luck... The weather is VERY tricky in Iceland... Found at least some clear skies every night. Sometimes saw bright aurora in evening, then got overcast and got clear skies pre-dawn for more aurora. Some were huge and intense despite low Kp ( when Bz went south ).
Low solar cycle activity, lack of CME and flares, are no problem as long as coronal holes are streaming and Bz does its trick ... got twice a 6,6,6 in the forecast... now getting ready for a 7,6,5 when this coronal hole stream returns... getting ready for this weeks Bonanza . Here are a few selected images...
Note: the date of 26 october refers to the last image shown here. The EXIF data of each image shows the precise date and time when I shot them . My camera is set to UT time = local time in Iceland all year round.

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