Hi all, I have posted the sky photos I took while we were in Alaska for two weeks. http://www.pbase.com/polakis/alaska_sky In addition to the aurora displays, we were treated to a spectacular views of the moon just above the southern horizon (yes, southern). That moon was at a declination of -28 degrees. From the northerly latitude of Homer, the elevation above the southern horizon was barely more than 2 degrees. Some other notes on the three bright auroral displays. The September 10 display was of the all-sky variety, well, actually terminating about 20 degrees above the southern horizon. It was very dynamic, and while this is good for visual observing, it's not favorable for photography. Quite a bit of smearing of fine curtain structure occurred during even the 10-second exposures. This aurora kept us up at various locations until 4:00 a.m. The September 13 display showed enough promise to travel down the road from our friends Jeff and Karen Medkeff's home to the nearby Nature Center. This night promptly clouded over. And Alaska clouds block out not just stars, but the sun for days and days. We were fortunate to have a clear night on September 15, and again traveled to the Nature Center. This aurora was mainly the usual lime green, with the bright rays in the east being a nearly permanent, but ever-changing feature. The fisheye lens was on the camera for a period during which they flared into something that looked like a Hollywood version of aurorae. Hundreds of rays sparkled across the northern sky in living color for about 10 minutes, and then the aurora returned to its orginal state. It was predicted that September 16 was going to be another big night, but the clouds returned for the rest of our stay. I highly recommend visiting Alaska in early September. The tourist season ends abruptly around Labor Day, and darkness begins to return to the nights. It's a pretty brief window, however, before many of the tourist services close. Tom -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.