Roy Wood was a member of our group who used to love taking pictures of astronomical and weather phenomena with his hand held camera. His fantastic pictures used to put most of us, including me, to shame.
Damian and I recently published photos of noctilucent clouds over alichfiekd this year (2018).
Here are Roy’s photos of similar clouds from 2012 from our club’s archives.
Yes, the same ones Andy has also posted!
Woke up, looked out the bedroom (back) window… could see them bright as anything. Shot round to the front and grabbed camera. Couldn’t get the angle from my office window. Tried Julie’s office window (also on the front), but no joy… Headed downstairs in dressing gown and into back garden. Pulled wheelie bin out (for small tripod) but still no joy! Opened side gate and plonked tripod on car roof and started taking pictures…. rang Andy’s mobile – no joy, rang house number…. got a pretty vacant “…..heeellloooo…”. I think my curt response went something like…” Andy, it’s me, you need to get your arse outside, Noctilucent clouds..!”
This is a 1 second exposure @ f/2.8. ISO 200, 48mm focal length was shot at 3.30am on Friday morning 6th July 2018
My trusty old full frame Nikon D3 on a small travel tripod, itself sitting on my car roof.
Off the iPhone6…
Ean Ean and I viewed an amazing display of noctilucent clouds which was seen best out of our bedroom window (I feel like Roger although I did have window open) in the centre of Lichfield today at 3:30am. The pictures below were taken with either my Samsung S7 phone or Sony A350 DSLR. It was morning twilight and getting quite bright sky in the west just before sunrise with Belt of Venus visible.the clouds extended from approx. 15-60 degrees altitude – over massive area from almost direct north to nearly direct west.
I need to thank Damian who called Ean Ean and myself to make us aware of this incredible display and allowed us to see our first good noctilucent clouds.
I think I may have seen noctilicent clouds on my way home from working at Robert Peel Hospital tonight. As I was driving towards Whittington, I saw this display of almost fluorescent blue shown on the photo below. Is this noctilucent clouds? Let me know what you think. Photo taken at 23:45 British Summer Time. Roughly 52 degrees North latitude. UK.
Damian and I went out to see if we could observe some noctilucent cloud displays 25th and 26th and I went alone 27th June. In all cases no success but we did see Jupiter and Venus and a nearly full Moon.
Sunday 24th June.
Observed around 11.10pm looking North (out of my front office window) – North North West (so just to the right (East) of the earlier solar pillar.
jpegs straight from camera, no processing. Taken between 11.20 – 11.40pm
Really tricky to stop the street light flare hitting the lens…
Nikon D3 (full frame) and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
All ISO 200, f/2.8, 70mm focal length and between 2-3 second exposures.
Towards the end of this run I could not see the NCL’s as they had grown too faint.
For orientation: the same picture above, but with annotations
Rhys and I have never seen noctilucent clouds with certainty in the past but the height of summer is meant to be the best time to see them and our latitude in Lichfield the best latitude for observations of this phenomenon.
Looking West after the sun goes down is meant to be the best way to see them and according to a recent BAA bulletin about 23:00 the best time.
So Rhys and I insisted all the lights were turned off in the house tonight at 22:25………
And we think we might have captured a sighting of them! Can some of the noctilucent experts in the club comment on whether they think these are noctilucent clouds?
23:50. I will leave this post in for future reference but in closer inspection of photos I doubt now that they are noctilucent clouds.