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Taking Photos of Rocket Launches at VAFB
« on: 12/30/2017 12:46 AM »
Roar of a rocket engine, click of a camera shutter — and a far-off photographer hopes for a great shot

Los Angeles Times Business Article, Photos and Video:

On an unusually clear fall afternoon at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., Matt Hartman lugged a tripod, camera and heavily-modified plastic Home Depot bucket to the edge of a hill overlooking a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a launch pad.

The photographer stood up his tripod, mounted his camera on a small platform inside the horizontal orange bucket and, as a test, called out, “Fire.” A moment later, a plexiglass door the size of a large deck of cards popped open at the base of the bucket, and there was a steady click, click, click of the camera.

A tiny $1 desktop computer fan mounted inside the bucket keeps the lens moisture-free as it shoots photos of a rocket that costs at least $62 million per launch.

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Re: Taking Photos of Rocket Launches at VAFB
« Reply #1 on: 12/30/2017 03:03 PM »
Nice article.  Interesting to see the work and clever engineering that goes into getting good shots from a remote camera setup.  As a special bonus, NSF's Chris Gebhardt makes a small cameo in the background of the video that accompanies the article.
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