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Old Mar 16, 2009, 8:32 PM   #1
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Hi guys:I'mgoing to post some photos that are not very good technically,but I wanted to share aninspiring event. We liveat least100 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center. The launch of the Discovery on Sunday evening occurred just after sunset, so there was still some daylight. Shot these in my subdivision with the E-330 at ISO 1000 with no tripod. Now I know these are nothing like the great shots from the news photographers who are at the cape, butit's a thrill to see from your own neighborhood even from such a great distance. So please indulge me while I share a few shots.One of the benefits of living in a photographer's paradise is events like this which one can't see from just anywhere.

The 150mm lens was able to capture the booster separation:

The pictures just don't capture how thrilling it is to watch, nor how fast that thing accelerates. Anyway, thanks for indulging me. And I'll go back to posting technically better pictures from now on.

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Old Mar 16, 2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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It really is cool. That's one big bottle rocket it put a display like that at over 100 miles away. Part of me would love to go along for the ride, part would be terrified.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old Mar 29, 2009, 7:22 PM   #3
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Hi Steven,

Just got back from your part of the World Friday night and haven't had much time to view all the posts done while I've been away. Just happened upon this post of the space shuttle. What an amazing sight it must be to see the trail of fire and light knowing that it represents a crew of extremely brave Americans going up into space.

I missed seeing the shuttle go up by a day as my wife and I flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Monday afternoon.

Nice shots and thanks for sharing.

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Old Mar 29, 2009, 7:32 PM   #4
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Hi Zig: glad you are back on the forum. Hope you had a good trip to Florida. Look forward to seeing your vacation photos!
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 1:22 AM   #5
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WOW! ....that is amazing at that distance, I would really like seeing a launch, and for you to see it from your front yard at 100 miles and to have the photos, that is special and the photos are really nice too.

Shucks, I was thrilled with seeing the shuttle piggybacked to the 747 carrier recently at about 7 miles.

Thanks for sharing these.
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