Range Tracking

View from Blockhouse Beach

Quite a few misadventures when SpaceX finally got the oft-delayed Falcon 9 rocket off the ground carrying the SES-9 satellite into orbit while watching the launch from Blockhouse Beach at Patrick Air Force Base just south of Cape Canaveral. First, the tensioner on one of the tripod legs failed making for some hurried repairs. Then the winter wind was so fierce it tipped over my chair with my heavy camera bag on it dumping everything onto the sand. And then I discovered I forgot the ND filter necessitating an alternative to my planned time exposure streak shot. Using an intervalometer this image is the result of 58 1-second exposures. Not what I wanted but still rather interesting. Click to view more images of the launch taken from Blockhouse Beach plus some close-ups of the rocket on the pad.

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