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Atlas V Rocket Launch
Lens: Sigma 500 + 2XTC Camera: K20 Photo Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: tpeace, 03-05-2011, 08:28 PM

Stopped by the Cape today to photograph the Atlas V rocket launch today. This was an unmanned rocket. The payload includes the reusable
Orbital Test Vehicle (aka OTV-2 aka space plane). The OTV is about a third the size of the Space Shuttle. Since it is lighter, this rocket gets going much quicker than the Shuttle which tends to linger on the launch pad after ignition.

Pretty decent atmospheric conditions for shooting. I was 11 miles away (as close as the public can get) shooting over a lot of water so can't escape the vapor. Probably the best launch photos I've ever been able to get. Have to give all the credit to the new Sigma 150-500mm lens. It's wonderful!

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Those are really cool shots. Thanks for sharing those with us.
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The first two are remarkably good given the distance over water. Very nice!
The third one is super! Would make a nice large photo on the wall.
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Very nice.

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Neat stuff, I wouldn't have guesses that you were that far away... thanks for sharing.
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I also turned on the K7's video. It was set up with a 200 + 1.7 TC. Just finished up loading it...

Didn't have a chance to pan with the rocket since I was shooting the above posted photos.

Luckily, I turned on the video AFTER I finished swearing about the timing of the crossing boat!

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11 miles? Wow. Thanks for the vid to. It was cool to watch.

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