There will be a display of the Aurora beginning sometime around 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM tomorrow. The Northern Lights may be visible as far south as Great Falls MT. and pretty much across the northern United States and Canada. This will be a strong display caused by a geomagnetic storm due to a huge solar flare which occurred yesterday. It will strike the earths atmosphere around 10 - 11: PM Alaska time; earlier for you to my east.
For many down there this could be your night. If you live near the mountains and the sky is clear drive to some elevation and watch the Northern sky. Avoid a northern exposure with a large city to your north as the lights from the city will affect your ability to view the Aurora.
I'll be headed north in a couple hours to get set for the show
March 18, 3:45 AM out at the cabin, hope it's this good tonight
I met a fellow last night who had a Cannon DSLR but was not up to snuff on how he might get a decent picture of the Northern Lights.
I'm no photography expert but I did help him out and thought perhaps I should share the bare bones advice I gave him with readers here.
He had a telephoto mounted. This is not a good choice.
In his bag he had the 'Kit Lens' that had came with the Cannon, an 18 - 55 mm f- 3.5 lens.
If you have a similar lens and nothing faster this will work.
Mount the 18 - 55 lens
Remove any filters including UV and clean lens objective
Set your ISO at 800 (menu function)
Switch to manual focus
Set the camera to manual function
Set aperture to 3.5
Set shutter speed at 15 seconds (that's what I said, 15 seconds)
Look in the menu and if you have 'Noise Reduction' set it to 'ON'
Turn off the 'Instant View' on the LED screen (the light will mess up your night vision and drain your batteries.
Use tripod and remote
Check the first exposure to see if you need more or less time on the shutter and make adjustment as needed.