New Nighttime Vision with SiOnyx Aurora

 

This post is sponsored by SiOnyx, but all opinions are my own.

Filming is about to get a lot more interesting for us. Long gone are the days of the sun setting close to midnight as we spent the summer sailing the Arctic. Now, we find ourselves with just over 8 hours of daylight, and let’s be honest..our life, and our filming, can’t be put on hold until the season changes again.

So we are eager to announce that we have just added the SiOnyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera to our camera collection. Listed as an IR Night Vision Camera, the Aurora works wonders in low light conditions thanks to a 1” sensor for low light sensitivity. When compared to our current action camera, images that would have been just blurry lights on a horizon are now full of detail and clarity. To give a little perspective, most low light surveillance cameras have a sensor half the size of the Aurora’s. This larger light sensor allows the camera to capture any light available and turn it into a readable and depending on the amount of light, a very distinct picture.

 

 

 

Which for us, also translates into the camera acting as a safety tool. Out on the water, we can use a faint bit of moonlight to clearly make out shore and other nearby ships. Our most recent passage had us coming into a fairly busy harbor in the middle of the night, where there could have been lots of confusion about trying to distinguish a ship’s navigational lights from the lights onshore. With one look into the SiOnyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera, I was able to see that a set of lights in front of me that didn’t look ‘quite right’ with my naked eye, happened to be a large vessel passing between our boat and shore. This camera became even handier as we motored into our anchorage in the pitch black…using the capabilities of the Sionyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera’s low light sensitivity to 1.) Make sure we were not dropping anchor too close to the shoreline, and 2.) We did not cross over any fishing buoys on our way in.

 

 

Features to note include:
A 3X zoom 16 mm glass lens
A focus ring to adjust from f/1.4-5.6
A selection of Day; Twilight; and Night recording
Option of recording in 8/15/24/30/60 fps
Time-Lapse Live Stream
IP67 Waterproof Rating
USB to micro USB charging cable

So for us, this camera is a win in so many ways. We can use it as a piece of filming equipment not only during daylight action and adventure times but when the sun goes down as well. (Plus, we were pleasantly surprised by the in-camera microphone). But the biggest reason we’re excited to have it is so our hearts are not always jumping into our throats as we make night passages. Offshore, sure, you probably won’t have anything to run into out there, but as we do more and more coastal hop the number of things for us to potentially collide with gets exponentially higher. The chance to clearly make those items out in the middle of the night? Well, it will have us resting much easier.

 

STRANDED in the Arctic Without Wine (MJ Sailing – Ep 129)

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We’ve arrived to Lovund, aka Puffin Island, right around the cutoff time of when these beautiful birds are about to leave for the season. Making the 2,000 ft hike to the top of the mountain, we don’t find any along the way, but do find a great anchorage to head to the next day.

Rounding to the north side of the island with our boat, we can see swarms of puffins flying through the sky, and make the sunset hike to sit near their nesting grounds and watch them come in that night. Hands down, one of the most beautiful spots we have ever traveled to.

Plus, we even get to end the night with a bonfire inside a cut little hut on the beach! The only thing that could make the occasion even more perfect is if we had a bottle of wine.

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This BIG CATCH in just 90 SECONDS!! – Sailing Norway (MJ Sailing – Ep 128)

We decide to try jigging for the first time and came away with quite the prize for our efforts!!

This week’s episode follows us on what starts out as a typical travel day down the coast of Norway…route planning, destination information and weather forecast. But as we near our destination for the night, we thought we’d give jigging a try.

It’s when you drop a line and hook into about 100 ft of water and occasionally jerk the line to give it movement. We’ve been told by a ton of people that you will catch a fish every time if you try this.

Well…they were right….90 seconds in the water and we had a huge North Atlantic Cod on the line. Stay tuned to catch the whole thing. 🙂

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22 KNOTS!! The FASTEST Tidal Current in the WORLD!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 127 Part 2)

Would you ever sail your boat through a tidal current that can reach over 20 knots?

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While in the town of Bodø, Norway, we hop on a bus to visit the fastest tidal current in the world!!

The day we visited, speeds topped out at 13 knots, but during the right cycle of the moon it can reach up to 22. We can’t even fathom what that would look like, because the mere 13 was enough to blow our socks away.

We also do a little touring of town and get some errands done before we’re off for our next destination of Lovund…also known as ‘Puffin Island’.

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It Never Gets Dark at 68° NORTH!! – SAILING NORWAY (MJ Sailing – Ep 127 Part 1)

Sadly, it’s time to leave Lofoten, but our exciting journey is nowhere near finished. And as we make the overnight sail to Bodo, we also discover that although the sun may have set on us for a few hours, it never gets dark up here.

Leaving at 10 pm, we still have the sun shining on us as we begin to leave these ragged hills in the distance, and even when I come on shift at midnight, the sky is lit up in oranges and pinks. We had great winds to carry us 90% of the way to Bodø, but upon entering the channel we were met with glass calm conditions.

We just have to hope the nice weather continues during our stay as we make a visit to the Saltstraumen.

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD at Reinebringen Lofoten (MJ Sailing – Ep 126)

If there were ever the most idyllic and picture perfect spot on earth, this would be it!

This is by far one of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever traveled and it felt like the scenery around us MUST be painted in because there is no way it could be real.

We take three separate hikes within the Lofotens, one at the very famous Reinebringen, where we climbed over 1,500 steps to get to the top. 24 hour later we were in a much quieter spot all to ourselves and decided Georgie needed to go ashore to do a little exploring.

We’d been spending almost every day so far in Norway on the go in one way or another, but there’s just too much beauty around to stay put in one place for too long.

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White Sand Arctic Beaches – SAILING NORWAY (MJ Sailing – Ep 125 Part 2)

Part 2 of our one day excursion in Vaeroy takes us to a vast white sand beach, were the arctic and tropics meet.

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LOFOTEN NORWAY – Let’s See HOW HIGH We Can Get!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 125 Part 1)

After having just landed in the Arctic, we woke up on our first day in Værøy, ready to climb some mountains…except our clear skies disappeared on us. Thick fog had rolled into the harbour, and even though sea level was still clear, we knew we would not get our view from the top.

Not to let that discourage us, we still took the dinghy to shore where we rowed through massive amounts of kelp to land the boat. Walking through the former town of Måstad and learned of its history in fishing and puffin hunting.

We did eventually find the trail to make our ascent up the incredibly steep hill, but just as we expected, we began to lose visibility only a few hundred feet up. It was still a fun experience though and got us ready to head to our next destination for the afternoon…a white sand beach with a mysterious cave!

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Sailing the IRISH SEA in NOVEMBER?! – A Real Time Update & Review (MJ Sailing)

Curious to know exactly what we’ve been up to since Norway? Well, REALLY enjoying our time in Scotland is the answer!!

As we make our way down to Plymouth for the winter, we wanted to give you an update on the journey so far (or most of it). Tune in to hear a little more about our current plans, and watch some of our adventures from the Orkney Islands, crossing over Scotland, and touring the Isle of Skye.

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Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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YOUNGish COUPLE SAILS TO ARCTIC CIRCLE!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 124)

We accomplished our first goal of sailing from Florida to Norway and next it was time to check off our next goal of getting to the Arctic Circle. Listed as any latitude above 66°33′47.8″N, we knew we could have made it this far north without checking that off our bucket list.

Starting near Kristainsund, we have our first hike off the boat, traipsing through some wetlands, but getting spectacular views on the way. We’re treated to a great evening in the cockpit while Georgie burns off some of her energy and take in an 11 pm sunset.

While only planning to make a day trip north, we find the winds are supposed to be favorable and if we kept going, we’d get to the Lofoten islands in 48 hours. We are left awestruck as we pull into Værøy for the night…but ready to get out and explore the next day.

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Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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