|Help and Advice|
|Transit of Mercury 2016|
|Giving long exposures on a digital camera|
|Photographing star trails|
|Predicting the ISS and other satellites|
|Using a mirror to view a partial eclipse|
|Simple Guide to Viewing the Space Station|
|Choosing a Telescope|
|Tips when projecting the Sun|
|Starting to Use Your Telescope|
|Imaging with a DSLR through the telescope|
|Buying a telescope for a child|
|Photographing a partial eclipse|
The SPA Aurora Section routinely observes the annual occurrence of the aurora and noctilucent cloud (NLC); both phenomena occur on the fringes of space in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
The Section offers advice on how best to observe and subsequently submit auroral reports. Our aim is to train members in the use of standard observing and reporting procedures and to promote a general interest in observational astronomy. We are especially pleased to welcome young or novice amateurs, though astronomers of all abilities and age groups regularly contribute to our observing projects.
Observing the aurora or noctilucent cloud is a naked eye activity and requires no special equipment – other than some enthusiasm and patience!
On this site you will find practical advice and information on how to conduct useful observations.
Aurora & NLC Director
NLC Sightings- 2017 season has started
The first sighting of the season was made by Adrien Mauduit from Denmark last night( 25/26 May 2017) The AIMS satellite will not be available for at least two weeks so we are relying on ground based observers.
|Date||27th March 2017|
|Aurora Alert State||
Up to 7 so far
A Coronal hole began impacting the Earth at 02.00UT 27th March 2017. The field is unstable but the wind speed is over 670 kps and is classified as a G2 storm. I have a green arc 10dg hi & 120dg wide at 2110UT
|Visible from...||As far south as northern England but could go further.|