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Observation by Alan Tough: Aurora at Elgin

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Paul Downing, FRAS


Alan Tough


2020 Sep 28 - 20:58


2020 Oct 02 - 15:43



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Ursa Major

Field centre

RA: 11h20m
Dec: +42°09'
Position angle: +7°58'

Field size

39° × 30°

  • Canon EOS 5D DSLR
  • Sigma EX DG 20mm lens

20 seconds @ f/2.5, ISO-1000


Elgin, Scotland

Target name



Aurora at Elgin

About this image

Some astro-photography can be quite challenging - and it's not always the equipment or the weather. Alan reports that he took this photo from a field near his house in Elgin, during the most intense part of the auroral display of September 28-29.

Glancing to his right his head torch picked up two eyes which he quickly realised belonged to a big bull, so immediately after taking the shot he beat a hasty retreat. Be careful out there!

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