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Aurora borealis and moon over a forest near Fairbanks Alaska
Bright Moon and Aurora Borealis

The downside about a bright moon is that it can often drown out the northern lights. But not always. Sometimes the aurora borealis is so bright it seems to overwhelm the moonlight. This was definitely one of those nights!

Tutorial: Camera Settings for the Northern Lights

CameraNikon NIKON D7000 (Current model NIKON D7500)
LensSigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for Nikon (For Canon)
Focal Length17.0 mm (25.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperturef/2.8
Exposure Time0.6s (0.6)
ISO2500

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