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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #20 on: 10/16/2017 04:15 PM »
My first night launch. :)
Trying to work out what we are looking at there - modern cameras have amazing dynamic range...
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #21 on: 10/16/2017 04:43 PM »
I took that long exposure shot while I was waiting around for the launch.   It's just to show the location.  Sorry for any confusion.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #22 on: 12/21/2017 07:10 PM »
            LAUNCH ALERT

                              Brian Webb
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                             2017 December 21 (Thursday) 09:58 PST

  FRIDAY LAUNCH VISIBILITY

Friday evening's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB
appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to lift off from
south base at 17:27:23 PST and carry several Iridium NEXT commercial
communications satellites into orbit.

Following liftoff, the vehicle will climb vertically for several
before it begins a gradual turn and heads south.

The rocket's bright flame should be visible over a wide area. However,
since this launch occurs 30 minutes after Vandenberg AFB sunset, it
could be impressive beginning at T+ 2 minutes 12 seconds when
simulations show the exhaust plume will be illuminated at high
altitude by the sun.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #23 on: 02/12/2018 08:03 PM »
If the Paz launches on time, it will go up at 6:14AM local.  What is the weather/visibility situation typically like at Vandeberg in the mornings?  Is it likely I'll get a good view, or is it more likely that I'll hear it more than I see it?


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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #24 on: 02/12/2018 08:52 PM »
If the Paz launches on time, it will go up at 6:14AM local.  What is the weather/visibility situation typically like at Vandeberg in the mornings?  Is it likely I'll get a good view, or is it more likely that I'll hear it more than I see it?
During the summer, morning launches are usually a hear not see. This time of year you might be ok.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #25 on: 02/12/2018 10:54 PM »
Looks like like the PAZ launch time is at the edge of first ray of light, the dawn.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #26 on: 02/17/2018 12:21 AM »
If the Paz launches on time, it will go up at 6:14AM local.  What is the weather/visibility situation typically like at Vandeberg in the mornings?  Is it likely I'll get a good view, or is it more likely that I'll hear it more than I see it?
During the summer, morning launches are usually a hear not see. This time of year you might be ok.
Fog is in the forecast. Ignore what I said.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #27 on: 03/25/2018 04:23 PM »
Newbie here! Want to drive up from LA to watch the 5 May 2018 launch. Fingers crossed its not scrubbed! At that time of morning, 04:05, Im sure the coastal fog will be heavy. From what Ive found, it seems the most recommended viewing site for SLC-3E would then be Harris Road. Is that accurate? Or do any of the seasoned vets here have any other recommendations? Thanks guys!

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #28 on: 03/28/2018 02:37 AM »
I thought it would be fun to go Fishing in the Chanel Islands to watch downrange from there for Thursday (3/29/18) Morning.  But now it has been postponed to Friday.   

Are there any thoughts if that would be a good viewing area?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #29 on: 03/28/2018 03:08 AM »
Newbie here! Want to drive up from LA to watch the 5 May 2018 launch. Fingers crossed its not scrubbed! At that time of morning, 04:05, Im sure the coastal fog will be heavy. From what Ive found, it seems the most recommended viewing site for SLC-3E would then be Harris Road. Is that accurate? Or do any of the seasoned vets here have any other recommendations? Thanks guys!
I've never watched from Harris Road myself. It might have a partial view of the pad, but I am not entirely sure.

The easiest and closest view location is Ocean Avenue. However, a hill will obstruct the view of the launch site so you will miss the first few seconds of flight. After that, the view is excellent assuming there is no fog. Morning launches are always risky so check the weather ahead of time.

I thought it would be fun to go Fishing in the Chanel Islands to watch downrange from there for Thursday (3/29/18) Morning.  But now it has been postponed to Friday.   

Are there any thoughts if that would be a good viewing area?

It could be very interesting. Especially if they execute the reentry and landing burns. It would be a risk, but bring a camera in case it pays off so we can see what it's like.  ;D
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #30 on: 05/19/2018 04:04 PM »
I've decided to view the Grace/Iridium launch from 699 Mercury, Vandenberg Village on Tuesday. This is the local community center Park and Pool. Hope to see some of you there.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #31 on: 09/29/2018 02:41 AM »
I'll be in LA next weekend and I'm going to head up to Lompoc for the SAOCOM 1a launch on Saturday 10/6.  Anyone else going up for that?  Reading this launch viewing thread I was thinking about maybe trying to get to Renwick Ave if possible.  Any advice on where to watch from is appreciated. 

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #32 on: 09/29/2018 03:23 AM »
I'll be in LA next weekend and I'm going to head up to Lompoc for the SAOCOM 1a launch on Saturday 10/6.  Anyone else going up for that?  Reading this launch viewing thread I was thinking about maybe trying to get to Renwick Ave if possible.  Any advice on where to watch from is appreciated.
Ocean Ave is your best bet which is connected to Renwick. Get there an hour or two early as there will be big crowds.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #33 on: 09/29/2018 07:22 PM »
Ocean Ave is your best bet which is connected to Renwick. Get there an hour or two early as there will be big crowds.
Thanks.  I'll shoot for two hours early. 

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #34 on: 10/07/2018 10:13 PM »
Do we know that Ocean Ave will be open as usual up to the south gate?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #35 on: 10/08/2018 12:45 AM »
I am here and they closed Ocean at Union Sugar avenue.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #36 on: 10/10/2018 10:19 PM »
I watched the launch from the Union Sugar roadblock on Ocean Avenue.  This is 4.5 miles from the Falcon 9 pad.  In the past, I've watched from the South Base Gate which is a bit further down Ocean Avenue, about 3.88 miles from the pad.

I guess they were taking extra precaution due to the booster landing.  I hope they don't do that indefinitely for all future launch/RTLS landings.

The crowds were huge, it took about an hour until the line of cars even started moving.  And even then it was pretty slow going, as I headed back to Highway 1.

The Ocean Avenue locations are by far the closest locations the public can get to the pads.  However, since it is essentially at sea level, low-level fog can completely wipe out your visibility.  For this launch, however, the weather cooperated and it was crystal clear.  The only thing we couldn't see were the first seconds of launch and last seconds of landing, as the hills do block a direct view of the pads.

From this distance, the sonic boom was surprisingly loud, at least compared to what I remember of the shuttle's sonic booms.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing
« Reply #37 on: 10/10/2018 11:18 PM »
I was there! Just down the road from Union Sugar, near the intersection of Artesia and Ocean.

It. Was. AMAZING.

And there was a ton of people there. Thousands of people. Lots of little kids, too, which is very good. Way, Way more people I thought would be there. Cars packed on both sides of the roads for miles around. It was nuts. I was closer to the exit and it still took us half an hour to get out :D
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