United737522
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Shooting The Shuttle

Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:01 am

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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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:13 pm

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]
 
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:38 pm

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.

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United737522
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sat Jul 23, 2005 5:49 am

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!
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:20 am

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


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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:09 am

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

Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:12 am

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...

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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:57 am

Here are the TFRs for the area.

40NM will pretty much keep you far far away.

http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr/list.jsp
 
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:00 pm

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!

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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:08 pm

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?
 
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:35 am

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.
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:55 pm

Err that's a LH 747 ? Where"s the Shuttle?
 
 
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RE: Shooting The Shuttle

Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:59 am

We need to do something about our database software.
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