Friday, September 09, 2005
8/9 September: Sprites from Puy de Dome
Promising thunderstorms all night, but Pic du Midi was overcast. In the beginning Puy de Dome triggered on local lightning which did not show up in Meteorage. These sprites were captured by Peter at around 01:08 UT.
And another one at 03:02
03:45: Illuminated cloud or halo?
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Dawn and dusk
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Sprites observed from Switzerland 6-7 September
Last night when the EuroSprite team caught only one sprite due to cloudiness over the cameras, amateur astronomist/photographer Mark Vornhusen caught many sprites from Gais, Switzerland that appeared near the French-Italian border, some of which he posted to a German weather forum: http://www.wetter-zentrale.com/cgi-bin/webbbs/wzconfig.pl?read=741655
Among the images he obtained is a remarkable colour image, showing sprites as weak red patches. He obtained this with his digital SLR camera the Nikon D70 set at ISO 1600 and using a bright 50mm f/1.2 lens - to my knowledge he is the first person to succeed in that! Note that the same sprite was captured by his low-light video setup, showing in fact a very bright sprite event. Congratulations to Mark!
6-7 September: One sprite caught
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Night 5/6 September: Thunderstorm but problems
Monday, September 05, 2005
Thunderstorm Outlook: Mon 5 - Wed 7 September
Currently (Mon 22:25), the system is very well positioned for observation by our cameras, but both are covered in cloudiness. The waiting is for the cloud deck to lower or dissolve near Pic du Midi, not impossible. Let us hope we will get a clear sky sometime these nights, we haven't been very fortunate this summer with the clouds when good storm systems were nearby.