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Minotaur I

A Minotaur I launched from Wallops Island the other night. According to the pre-launch information, they were expecting the rocket to be visible for ~12 minutes.

I decided to use a fish-eye to see if I could capture the plume. I used an aperture of f22 because I set the shutter to 3 minutes and I didn’t want to over-expose the photo. If I use this lens for the next launch, I’ll use f11 or so, if there’s no moon.

I had to crank up the exposure and contrast to make the arc visible, you can barely see it in the middle of the photo. Monochrome conversion also helped.

Another night launch is scheduled for 15-December just before 11PM and I’m hoping for good weather.  My contribution to The weekend in Black and White 22-November-2013

Minotaur I



11 thoughts on “Minotaur I

  1. Susan says:

    I’m not a sky, stars, comet person, but how cool to catch this trail across the sky. I like the BW.

    I really need to start working on night photography, especially where the night comes so early here-it’s totally dark by 4:45 now. Sucks.
    So damn cold tho when the night conditions are right. Guess I’ll need a good hat and gloves-and a tripod that’s not all metal.

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    neat! i saw that headline on msn. leave it to you to catch it. 🙂

  3. Dragonstar says:

    An ambitious project! You did very well to catch that much. I hope the skies are clear for you next month.

  4. HansHB says:

    Nice! Great using B&W!

  5. Christian says:

    Wow, great to see a start to the sky and a beautiful photo.

  6. Amazing! That’s way cool!

  7. It looks like the fine outline of a gigantic sun rising. Fascinating.

  8. Mike says:

    Wicked Woody!!

  9. I can see it clearly. Perfect shot!

  10. Rajesh says:

    Wonderfully composed.

  11. Cezar says:

    Quite an interesting and different subject!
    God bless you!