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User currently offlineUnited737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

Hi all,

I will be in Florida on Monday. All kinds of news is floating around saying that the launch will be next week sometime. I want to be ready to snap some photos. Can someone tell me whatr kind of lens I will need and where is the best spot to watch it?

Any help is appreciated!

Best Regards,
Ryan

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User currently offlineElpinDAB From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 485 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

It's pretty difficult to get close at all. Basically to get on the same side of the river as the Cape, you have to be a VIP or press. I've watched a shuttle launch from on the Indian river near the intersection of highways 405 and 1 (maybe the Banana River Viewing site????), however, I think that was under special circumstances (can't remember 100% b/c I was pretty young at the time...)

I've watched a rocket launch from a public boat launch ramp at the base of the highway 528 bridge over the Banana River. It had as good and unobstructed of a view as probably just about any other place nearby.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...=Cape+Canaveral+&state=FL&zipcode=

Here's a few cool pictures of the shuttle you might have already seen. They tell in the caption where they were taken from, so they might be of a little more help.


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Photo © Brandon Sciame




This one might be taken from the spot by the highway 528 bridge I describe above:

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Good luck w/ the pics (if it actually launches...  )
Hope this helps some.
-Eric

[Edited 2005-07-21 06:43:24]

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5066 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

It is due to launch on Tuesday but you can forget those beautiful night shots from now on - daylight launches only due to the need to photograph every square inch of Discovery to make sure nothing hits it like Columbia.

I dont know the time though.

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineUnited737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Well, it looks like it will launch on the 26th at 10:39AM EST. I will definitly be there, somewhere. Thanks for the info so far!

User currently offlineCMD777300ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Perhaps this would be the best place to witness the lauch if you're are not violating any airspace restrictions!


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

What about renting a boat and taking it out about 1/2 a mile from the shorline next to the pads?


Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 5):
What about renting a boat and taking it out about 1/2 a mile from the shorline next to the pads?

I'm pretty sure the nearby waters are patrolled by the Navy or Coast Guard to make sure no one gets too close...

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineAtomother From United States of America, joined May 1999, 440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

Here are the TFRs for the area.

40NM will pretty much keep you far far away.

http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr/list.jsp


User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

I was in MCO for the launch attempt that got scrubbed... I had found a perfect spot on Cocoa Beach to watch liftoff too!  gnasher 

This Tuesday I'll be at home, hoping and praying that one of the HDTV channels broadcasts the launch! And more importantly - I'm hoping they televise (in replays) the view from all 60 new cameras!!!  bigthumbsup 

Maybe I can catch Atlantis in September!

D R E W



I'd rather shoot BAD_MOTIVE
User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

A Nikon rep once explained all those closer shots are taken by remote camera because nobody can be that close at launch. In pre-digital days, the photographers would set up their cameras the day before with lens caps on (to keep moisture off the lens) with maybe a rubber band attached to it and the film spool winder on the top. When the engines ignited and the ground began to shake, a vibration sensor would start the power drive and the lens cap would pop off. They'd get one roll per camera. Not sure how it's done now....radio transmitters or something?

User currently offlineUnited737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

http://www.rockymountainavphotos.com...ine/displayimage.php?album=3&pos=1

I was not able to get to close and the lighting was against me for shooting. I was still glad to see it.


User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

Err that's a LH 747 ? Where"s the Shuttle?

User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

http://www.rockymountainavphotos.com...ne/displayimage.php?album=3&pos=39

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

We need to do something about our database software.

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