Minuteman Launch Observed

From: Rick Baldridge (rickbaldridge@msn.com)
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 00:29:18 EST

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    This might be considered off-topic since this has limited geographic
    interest and is NOT a satellite - - !!
    
    Check out my picture of last night's Minuteman launch at:
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=940828&a=2571482&p=56150294
    
    The photo was taken near Castle Rock State Park on Skyline Blvd. above
    Saratoga, CA.  The lights of Santa Cruz appear in the foreground through
    some
    thin fog.  A last-quarter Moon provided the extra illumination.  Near the
    launch point, the red light of Mt. Toro near Salinas appears.  The
    trajectory goes through the stars of Eridanus and Fornax.  Note the
    2nd-stage burnout and 3rd-stage ignition point accentuated by a "puff" of
    smoke that the moonlight illuminated.
    
    The photo was taken with a Tokina 28-85mm zoom set at 28mm at f3.5 on
    800-speed Kodak MAX negative film for about a 4 minute exposure for those of
    you keeping track!
    
    For more info on Vandenberg launches, see:
    http://mocc.vafb.af.mil/launchsched.asp
    and Brian Webb's website at:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~kd6nrp/
    and Tony Galvan's website at:
    http://www.dosgatos.com/vafb.htm
    
    Enjoy.
    
    RICK BALDRIDGE
    Campbell, CA
    37.272 -121.977
    
    
    
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