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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #20 on: 07/13/2014 01:46 PM »
http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-wallops-visitor-center-launch-viewing/

this page is brand spanking new, right? i mean, i'll admit i gave up checking the main wallops page for any useful data around april of last year (in favor for the forums here)  ;D but i don't remember the wallops facebook page ever linking to something on their web site with substantive or useful "going to see the launch" data before. 

at the very least, this is the first time i've ever seen anything like "want to watch it from our roof? because we're fine with that".

i was fully arbuckle-bound this morning, but i gotta admit, this has me tempted. the roof's set a good ways away from the main viewing area, but it's also set above the main layer of marsh grasses and other vegetation, being a... well, a roof and everything.

what do you guys think? has anyone lensed the launch pad from the roof before? i know arbuckle is closer, but it's not official, doesn't have lavatories on-site, etc....

Never seen any shots from the roof; there'll probably be some NASA Social shots from the bleachers floating around.

Let's put it this way... The visitor center roof is ~11.9 km away (depending on which building; picked the closest one.) and off a main road; easy access, plenty of parking.

Arbuckle is about 2.6 km. Old Ferry is about 3.4 km. I've never had trouble seeing over wetland vegetation at either, but there are zero amenities and limited parking at those two sites.


As for food.. haven't eaten many places there. Had breakfast at Bill's Seafood on Chincoteague last year. Large portions, good food, but was breakfast, not lunch or dinner.

-Bob

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #21 on: 07/13/2014 03:30 PM »
Does anyone have the actual address for Arbuckle Neck Rd viewing point? Also, it'd be nice to see it on a google map if you can or gps coordinates.  Thanks!
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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #22 on: 07/13/2014 03:46 PM »
It's on jmsjr's map from the OP http://goo.gl/maps/7SDDv

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #23 on: 07/13/2014 03:51 PM »
It's on jmsjr's map from the OP http://goo.gl/maps/7SDDv

Visitor Center is at capacity for launch

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #24 on: 07/13/2014 08:46 PM »
There were visitors on the roof, but a sign in the VC stated the pad is obscured by trees (but it would be visible immediately after lift-off).

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #25 on: 07/14/2014 12:27 AM »
I watched the launch from the end of Arbuckle Neck Road. You can't get a better view of the launch.

It was awesome. The sound was incredibly loud.

The picture below shows a part of the crowd. There were a  bunch more people along the shore behind me.

I went to the Visitor's Center after the launch. The traffic both in and out was heavy. Managed to catch the news conference live at the VC.

The roof of the VC is a rather poor place to view an Antares launch as there's a line of trees blocking sight of the pad. However, there are bleachers a short walk away where the pad is visible with restrooms close by.

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #26 on: 07/14/2014 01:28 AM »
I was setup with the scanner and PVC antenna mast.

It was my first trip to the end of the road it really is a great view as long as you have proper boots and bug spray. ;D You could really see and feel the launch.

Here is a thirty second exposure of the launch today.

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #27 on: 07/14/2014 04:21 AM »
I was setup with the scanner and PVC antenna mast.

It was my first trip to the end of the road it really is a great view as long as you have proper boots and bug spray. ;D You could really see and feel the launch.

Here is a thirty second exposure of the launch today.

Nice picture. :)

Can I ask how well the Radio Reference frequencies/talkgroups matched what you observed? And how strong were the signals? (aka Can I get away with the crummy random wire antenna, or do I need to get a real antenna rig and the right adapters..)

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #28 on: 07/14/2014 04:26 AM »
Ah, well, with the delay I'm not going to make it to this launch. :( I'll try to see it from NJ.

My new tripod and gimbal mount are in... they work much better than the old setup. Have to tweak the balance a bit. Ah well, I suppose I have time now before ORB-3.

-Bob

I tried to catch it from Bradley Beach on the Jersey shore, but seeing was poor and there were a lot of clouds... remnants of a band of rain that passed through about 45 minutes before launch. Couldn't see anything directly, but I did catch the webcast.

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #29 on: 07/14/2014 08:00 PM »
What was the parking situation like at the end of Arbuckle Neck Rd? I might try that whenever I next get down there for a launch.

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Re: ORB-2 going to view the launch
« Reply #30 on: 07/14/2014 08:21 PM »
What was the parking situation like at the end of Arbuckle Neck Rd? I might try that whenever I next get down there for a launch.
not too bad. Just have to park along the road and walk a quarter mile or so.
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