One day, it'll all come together, and I'll capture a near perfect shot. I want snow on the ground all around the ruined buiding in the foreground, a little bit of moonlight and a bright aurora to 30 degrees above the horizon. Until then, I'll keep trying whenever I get the opportunity.
A couple of miles from Moffat, there's an old, ruined fort not far off the crooked road that winds up from Beattock on the way to Earshaig under Queensberry. This shot was taken 28th September 2016 at this spot which makes a great viewpoint to the north and east, ideal for aurora watchers.
Moffat is fortunate to enjoy dark skies thanks to its rural and remote location, its long distance from or cities, and a concerted effort to reduce its own lightprint on the sky above using LED downwards pointing street lamps. This was an early October aurora seen from the road running past the house.