April 23, 2012:  Just outside the shop - faint aurora

Some months back I missed a pretty decent display of northern lights that happened early in the evening.  I was in the shop, working away, and it was clear, but I didn't know it was going on until it was nearly over.

The display this week wasn't as good, but at least I got an interesting photo of a display that was just visible to my dark-adapted eye.  The high clouds made the light pollution, from Champaign-Urbana to my northwest, worse, but at least the aurora is visible.

Faint aurora from my shop

I'm still waiting for a good display (stronger storm, no clouds) so I can get some photos of it over the house/shop.

Please check back for future installements of "In the Shop".

Mike Lockwood
Lockwood Custom Optics

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