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A few views on 23.3.2023 and the raw materials for these were exposed on 20.26-21.08.
The launch of the Bror rocket seemed quite certain for the first time, and a possible opening to the clouds opened at the end of a cloudy day completely unexpectedly. The cloudy sky was followed with a bit of concern as we drove towards the northern shore. There was a partial opening in the northern direction, but there was also a wide band of uniform clouds. The uncertainty was further increased by the fact that the perception of Kiruna's position against the horizon was quite large and the height of those barium measurements was a complete lottery.
When I got the car into the park, a quick check on Twitter revealed that the rush had already started, and the couple of hundred meters from the Park to the shore in the knee-deep snow seemed to last forever.
Random camera setups and all of a sudden those troubles started bubbling up. It quickly became clear that the 24-120 millimeter is far too tight. Barium for the clouds would have been enough, but the sky was wide open with a full aurora display going on. The 20 mil one worked better, but I would have needed the 14 mil left in the car in a hurry.
For a while, I managed with that 20 million, but eventually I had to apply for the 14 million. With that 14 millimeter tilted up, the sky was already a bit wider. For my part, I have missed those previous really cool evenings because of the cloudiness. Against that background, those bright red colors of the southern sky were indeed a strong surprise and caused a startle when they first jumped from the rear screen of the camera to the eyes. You can't see anything in the sky, but the camera captured a bright red color display.
As for the clouds, the situation normalized pretty quickly and at 10 p.m. the clouds were already overcast. The gap in the clouds was short-lived, but this time we were lucky when both that rocket launch and that more active northern lights episode happened to hit that short gap.
So the views are all from vertical image sweeps exposed with varying exposure times and they are piled up in slightly different ways. The mils used vary between 14 and 24 mils. Also included as the last one is the spherical panorama where the 14-millimeter was tilted up so that it covered the sky of a full hemisphere.