Kids at the candy shop... from the DairyAire launch event this weekend. For a sense of how the photonic Ritalin works, this is what my rocket looks like as an example:
For a while, I've wanted to use a funky armored car fisheye lens from Belarus for night rocketry. I tested it at dusk:
and at night...
Green propellant - burnout - orange burst from the BP charge popping the parachute - blinking spiral back to Earth.
That a cable spool with a high power motor in the middle flies straight as an arrow is amazing enough. Strap on some lights, and fly at night, priceless.
Next, I'll show some shots with a 16mm Canon in the Black Rock Desert.
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Very cool images.
In the dusk photo, is that faint trail in the background from the parachute deploying, or did you happen to catch a comet in the sky?
Kurt - I believe it is the BP charge igniting to deploy the chute (a bit late in this case, on the down side of the parabolic arc, versus a bit early for the spool shot that follows)