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    Andy1979
    Andy1979  7754 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Sep 2011 - 2:51 PM

    Hi i was reading the paper today the northern lights would be visable for the next few days in northumberland, I am wondering if anyone knows of the best place where i would see them or if anyone has taken any pictures where they have photographed them from if you could get intouch thanks andy.

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    icphoto
    icphoto  13950 forum posts England
    29 Sep 2011 - 3:19 PM

    Keilder Observatory is the darkest place in the country, if you want to stand a chance of seeing them this is as good as it gets.

    Andy1979
    Andy1979  7754 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Sep 2011 - 3:56 PM

    Okay no probs and thanks very mcuh for the help

    Andy1979
    Andy1979  7754 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Sep 2011 - 4:05 PM

    Hi again do you have to pay to get into this place or is it ok to park up and take pictures ?

    Last Modified By Andy1979 at 29 Sep 2011 - 4:05 PM
    icphoto
    icphoto  13950 forum posts England
    29 Sep 2011 - 4:37 PM

    Unless you want to actually go into the Observatory its free, its in the middle of the Keilder Forest, sign posted from Keilder Castle. Or you could just park in one of the many car parks around the lake edge and photograph from there. I think that the dam would be a good place to start with its clear view of the northern sky.

    mikesavage
    mikesavage  12232 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Sep 2011 - 5:46 PM

    Find yourself a site that's away from centres of population and the glow from sodium street lamps, with a good view down to the northern horizon.

    User_Removed
    29 Sep 2011 - 8:43 PM


    Quote: with a good view down to the northern horizon.

    with a good view down to the northern horizon.

    ????

    with a good viewUP to the northern horizon.

    Grin

    mikehit
    mikehit  46103 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Sep 2011 - 10:43 PM

    It depends on which way you hold the map

    Sooty_1
    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41173 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2011 - 9:12 AM

    I think he means you need top have a clear view of the whole sky to the north, so a clear horizon would be advantageous. Near a lake, you would be best to be on the southern shore to see the north sky, with potential for reflection shots into the bargain.

    Nick

    Sooty_1
    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41173 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2011 - 9:14 AM

    Anyway, there is no "up" or "down".....the earth is flat Tongue

    gateshead
    gateshead  2
    30 Sep 2011 - 1:04 PM

    Hi, What is the best time to see the lights? Jamie

    Draig37
    Draig37  7248 forum posts Wales
    30 Sep 2011 - 4:37 PM

    After dark works the best I think....Wink




    Sure I read on the net somewhere, but don't quote me, after 9pm is good

    HTH

    Last Modified By Draig37 at 30 Sep 2011 - 4:38 PM
    aftertherain
    1 Oct 2011 - 9:59 AM

    On BBC Look North Weather last week there were two superb Northern Lights pictures taken looking across the causeway at Holy Island.
    Unfortunately they don't have them on the BBC Gallery but the colour of the sky was reflected in the wet sand making an amazing shot.

    aftertherain
    1 Oct 2011 - 10:09 AM

    Found one of his pictures here The two used on BBC Weather had no car in.

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