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.
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)