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Aug 29, 2013, 07:09 AM
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Chasing rockets

The final Delta IV heavy ever to be launched from Vandenberg lifted off on time, again. Had a much better camera than 2011. After much fog & drizzle, the fog cleared 1 hour before launch.

Floradale Ave had a better view of all 3 boosters than Surf beach & the weather was also better than 2011.

But Surf beach had better sound. Tried recording the sound, but had the gain too low. It was hardly louder than a passenger plane. There's no automatic gain.

The coveted booster separation was captured. Then it became too small to see on the viewfinder & disappeared.

Final Delta IV Heavy launch (3 min 47 sec)

In 2011, there was the rocketfish tripod head, which was very easy to point. This time, the Rocketfish head was long since broken, leaving only a crummy Giotto which was very hard to point.

The mane takes over another TV spot with the human. Briefly wondered if the Jesus Heroine actually saw the lion on TV & how She would have reacted.
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