4 May 1998: Laramie, Wyoming

Unlike the previous night, I wasn't going to let the Moon get the better of me. However, some of the predictions were that the best display might be on the next night, so this display still caught me a little off-guard.

First, from my weather log at home (in local 24-hour time):
SP 2217 either I'm confused by moonlight reflecting off of clouds, or we have a tremendous auroral display in progress
SP 2226 confirmed, Boulder up to K=7; storm conditions across the board, heading out

And then the log from my observing site, again local time (UT-6), with the frame number from the two different rolls of film:

Of course, Murphy's Law applied here; just as the display was going nuts, I had to reload my camera.

From my weather log at home (I use a hybrid of the old National Weather Service observation codes, the new METAR codes, and some of my own; if you are dying to know what all of this means just ask):
SA 2359 C00 W9910(2) T37/MM A3000 (000S/65) FEW CLDS AURBO M70.5/34.5 just got back; AURBO still visible in yard

After checking some information on the Net and finding out that the K-indicies had been consistantly around 8, I headed back out.

All photos were taken with a 28mm f/3.5 zoom lens wide-open, except for the first photo which was at f/5.6, and the last photo which was taken with a 35mm f/2.8 lens set at f/4. From the list above, I have included the following photos: 1st roll - 13, 17, 23, 24, and 25; 2nd roll - 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, and 16. Both rolls of film were Kodak Royal Gold 1000. In most of the photos, you can see Vega and Lyra in the right-hand portion of the frame.

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