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Re: Falcon Heavy - NASASpaceflight member meetup
« Reply #60 on: 01/16/2018 02:01 PM »
I suspect the photographer was pretty far up and back on the beach as well, to put enough distance between himself and the beachgoers that he could get them both in the same perspective-compressed shot.  A great shot by a news-agency photographer looking to put a human-interest shot on the front page.  The amateur photographers and non-camera-wielding viewers appear to be crammed up on the shoreline, where they might get slightly more pixels on their sesnors/retinas but no context to their shots.

I'm thinking that the difference in the tree line, making the landing site less obstructed, is actually due to the photographer being back and up (a dune?) on the beach.  If you're right at the water's edge, your altitude would be in fact a few feet *less* than on the jetty further north, and so the treeline would probably appear similar.

There's a rooftop viewing location at jetty park; it might be worth watching from there rather than trying to cram onto the pier to be a few hundred feet closer.
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Re: Falcon Heavy - NASASpaceflight member meetup
« Reply #61 on: 01/16/2018 05:05 PM »
That 2nd pic seems amazingly close!

It wouldn’t look anywhere close like that in real life. It must have been taken with a pretty strong telephoto lens - probably ~300mm+, which makes things look a lot closer than in real life.

From a  link on the Reddit page, it's just down the beach from the pier at Jetty Park.
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What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Falcon Heavy - NASASpaceflight member meetup
« Reply #62 on: 01/16/2018 05:58 PM »
That 2nd pic seems amazingly close!

It wouldn’t look anywhere close like that in real life. It must have been taken with a pretty strong telephoto lens - probably ~300mm+, which makes things look a lot closer than in real life.

From a  link on the Reddit page, it's just down the beach from the pier at Jetty Park.

Keep reading the reddit thread, a bit down the photographer corrects him that he was further south, below Cherie Down Park.
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Re: Falcon Heavy - NASASpaceflight member meetup
« Reply #63 on: 01/17/2018 01:01 AM »
I will probably watch the launch/landing from along the SR 528 Causeway on Merritt Island at the North Banana River Exit.  (first picture)  The Causeway is circled in yellow (you can get off the road at several places by just driving off onto the shoulder.  You will see cars parked all along the way.  Its best to not stop on the road, but it happens a lot.  There are some places by the bridge abutments you can park.  Its about 20 km to the pad.

An excellent alternative spot is on Cape Canaveral from the beach in the vicinity of Cherry Down Park (second picture - circled in black).  Be careful where you park, the Canaveral Police are sometimes pretty aggressive.  Since school is in session, best not to park in the school.  It is not so good for the lift off from 39B (but it did offer excellent views of Delta II Launches) and it has a nice view of the whole cape for the landing.  (Third Picture.)  It is further away of course than Jetty Park, but you do get a nice view.
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