Space Shuttle Endeavour Night launch STS-126


#1

Last night time launch of the space shuttle ever! I made it to Titusville, FL about 4 hrs drive for me, which is not too bad. The viewing spot is about 13 miles ( 20 kilometers) away from the launchpad:

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_MAP.jpg

5 PM is when i set my tripod with the shuttle complex way out in the diatance

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_5937.jpg

This is the assembly building

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_5940.jpg

After sunset searchlights come on

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_5983.jpg

Same search lights with slightly better white balance on the camera

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_5987.jpg

The moon rose above the horizon with irregular shape due to haze

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_5993.jpg

I thought a lot about what camera settings to use for the launch. This is at 200mm, f2.8, ISO 400 and EV exposed compensation to -4. At 7:55 pm we have ignition!

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6055.jpg

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6056.jpg

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6060.jpg

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6062_650.jpg

past the moon:

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6079.jpg

Set my EV compensation to -1 now which made it a lot brighter

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6101.jpg

Finally set a new lens to 18 mm to catch this scene

http://www.mega247.com/photos/1108SHUT/s_DSC_6113.jpg

What an amazing sight! I also took a video from a separate tripod nearby. I will post that separately

Ivan Cholakov
www.mega247.com


#2

Nice shots.


#3

#4

I’m pretty sure there will be another. STS-128 through STS-133 still haven’t been scheduled and the chance for delays is always possible.

Great photos.


#5

Wow, all great pics but really like the last one.

Great job!