United737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
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?
ElpinDAB From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 462 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2332 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.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2297 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 Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
Cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1938 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?