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1 point · 1 day ago

How were you able to get to those locations? I'm assuming this is not something that the general public can do.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

I’m a credentialed member of the press, participating in placing remote, sound activated cameras at various launch pads. ULA usually lets us drive our own vehicles for setup, SpaceX arranges transportation for us.

3 points · 3 days ago

I think Elon's roadster got the true best spot by actually parking inside the rocket

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Original Poster2 points · 3 days ago

That's fair, but at least with my parking spots, I get to drive my car again after I've parked it :)

Fuquay annexed down to Ten Ten they’re installing water and I think sewer as well.

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Lake Wheeler Road is getting a bunch of new fire hydrants as well.

Do you use a certain app to show the trajectory? I've considered doing something similar based on my SpotTheStation emails, but I feel like I'd mostly be aiming bind into the dark.

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Original Poster2 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

Yes, I normally use the ISS Astroviewer Website to check the ground track, and ISS Spotter on the iPhone once I’m on site to verify where it’ll appear in the sky.

Original Poster4 points · 7 days ago

Making lemons out of lemonade, this was intended to be a shot of the International Space Station streaking over downtown Raleigh, NC. But failure to read the ground track beforehand meant that I was surprised to find the ISS behind me (and opposite the Raleigh skyline). Recomposing on the fly yielded the photo, as best as could be done.

Created from 14 five-second images. The gaps in the streak are caused by the camera's shutter closing & reopening. Some photographers choose to "draw in" the missing segments, but that's more manipulation than I'm willing to do.

Two things I particularly like in this shot are the tiny fringe of sunset color and the traffic light cycle on Western Blvd, both in the bottom right of the image.

The ISS orbits the Earth at an altitude of about 235 miles, and travels at 17,500mph, circling the planet once every 90 minutes.

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3 points · 7 days ago

I am impressed by this photo every time it is posted -- I've shot photos around the VAB, and the fact that this photo is perfectly exposed, despite the brightness of the sky, the shadows in the VAB, and the spotlights on the rocket is just amazing. Particularly when taking into account that it was shot on film in 1969.

11 points · 8 days ago

Wow, this is a beautiful visual explanation of the halo effect that Cinestill has -- that missing remjet layer really gets those lights to pop.

12 points · 8 days ago

If it's a flat panel, you can bring it to Anything with a Plug -- surprisingly, "anything" does not include tube TVs.

Wake County residents can also drop off electronics at these locations.

It somewhat depends on how dark you want the crust, but the other reason to preheat the cast iron is to prevent the dough from sticking. The superheated surface of the pot prevents the dough from fusing to the bottom if they come up to temperature together.

The issue with overbaking doesn't affect the parts of the bread not in direct contact with the cast iron. There issue is when the top of the loaf is properly done, the bottom has burned.

A proper bake should yield a loaf with a crust that's an even color and evenly thick all the way around. The issue I've had with dark metals is that they conduct the same heat as light colors (like Superstone), but they radiate a lot more infrared. This is a good thing for the parts not in contact but I haven't found a way to keep the bottom from going too far without lowering oven temp, and not preheating.

I've never had a loaf stick once it's baked. If you have that, perhaps you need to season your cast iron? I recommend the flaxseed method. It's a bit of a pain, but one it's done it's a super tough nonstick surface.

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The issue with overbaking doesn't affect the parts of the bread not in direct contact with the cast iron. There issue is when the top of the loaf is properly done, the bottom has burned.

I haven't run into this with using preheated cast iron, but maybe I bake with the rack higher in the oven than you do. I've found that with preheated cast iron, I have an even "doneness" on the top and bottom of the loaf.

I personally don't have a problem with the loaf sticking to the pan, I was sharing what I'd read from multiple sources in the past.

2 points · 8 days ago

I've read a lot of stuff about bread making over the years, if I can't reproduce something I assume it's an old wives tale at this point—there's so much BS that doesn't pan out.

I have a pizza stone in my oven, I wonder if putting the cast iron on it is causing my issue?

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This seems likely; the stone acts like a heat sink, so it's radiating extra heat upwards into your cast iron pot. When you take it out, you should notice shorter preheat times as well.

I have a 1/4" pizza steel I use for homemade pizza, but I take it out whenever I'm baking bread.

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Can’t wait for this. Looks amazing.

Did anyone else hear the ‘Go at throttle-up’, ‘Roger, go at throttle-up’. Wasn’t this just in the shuttle programme? Can’t seem to remember hearing it when when watching back the Gemini/Apollo launches?

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5 points · 8 days ago

It was probably just included for the trailer to make it sound more "spacey." Especially since it was included during shots for the X-15 flights.

It wouldn't make too much sense to build a Rocket Garden and display boosters and then deny public access. It will probably be a tourist hub.

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46 points · 10 days ago

There's precedent, though. The rocket garden at LC 5/6 is only (regularly) accessible to badged employees at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Right now, KSC runs one bus per day, Thursday through Sunday, that takes visitors out there as part of the Early Space tour, but that's not always available.

Its pretty cool, but unfortunately alot of the rockets and missiles are decaying.

Another cool stop they usually gloss over is the silos with the Challenger's wreckage.

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6 points · 10 days ago

Yeah, they gloss over LC-31 for a couple of reasons; the first being that that there's really nothing to see at ground level, and the second (though less important now) being that it was too close to the Delta II pads at SLC-17 to allow people to wander around and take pictures.

From a sheer, historical curiosity perspective, I'd love to be able to wander around out there, but it's all fenced off, and even people with base credentials are supposed to stick to the paved roads and not cross through any fenced area, even on the long abandoned sites.

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Can someone tell why that policy is in place? I'm guessing it's a standard industry wide policy but what's the reason ?

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57 points · 12 days ago · edited 11 days ago

Game mechanics cannot be copyrighted, but artwork and assets can. It's why you can make your own "block-based mining and building" game, but if you reuse the artwork from Minecraft, you'll be getting a call from Microsoft Legal.

From a trademark standpoint, if you don't defend the assets you've trademarked, you lose the right to the trademark; in simple terms, you can't pick and choose who can use your stuff for free and who can't. Clearly everyone is up in arms over this section, which I only included to make a further point about why companies would want to exercise control over their intellectual property. Luckily there are a lot of lawyers on reddit today that aren't worried about billable hours! ;)

Some companies may be willing to license the assets for a fee; take a look at the new Battletech game, they paid to license the 3D models for the mechs from another game studio so they wouldn't have to spend the time and effort recreating them.

28 points · 11 days ago

Also, just not letting the thing out is often more effective than a copyright.

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15 points · 11 days ago

Certainly cheaper in legal bills :)

I don't know if this is possible but I would really like one of those close up to the engine shots but that went the length of the rocket.

Probably would need two or three camers in a column and synchronize the triggers (they all use the same sound trigger) but all aimed at slightly different heights so you get a high resolution but tall photo.

Then if you get the shots, merge them together in post to make a single moment high definition close up of the full rocket rising on the pillar of flame.

Has anyone done that before?

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I've done this before for an HDR attempt; two cameras mounted in the same housing, controlled by the same trigger. Both cameras had a manual exposure set, one for the scene, and one for the engines.

Unfortunately, this was before I was fielding dew heaters, and the lenses condensed over before launch, making both shots worthless. But you're definitely thinking in the right direction.

Holy shit that looks amazing! Why are the clouds so bright at that one point near the rockets trajectory?

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9 points · 13 days ago

The brighter clouds are actually part of a condensation trail the rocket leaves behind during its ascent; they're being illuminated by the exhaust of the rocket, which gives them a brighter appearance than the clouds farther away. The winds at that altitude shift the condensation trail around over the course of the photo, which has an exposure time of four minutes.

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6 points · 16 days ago

I'm certain that more experienced flute players will come along to give more insight on this, but it is a hard note, especially for newer players. If the open or closed holes on the flute determine how "long" the air column has to be, the low C, with all the holes closed, means you have to support an extremely long column of air, from the embouchure hole all the way to the end of the flute.

Time & practice will improve it. There's a reason the Trevor Wye books start with the low register, because if you can develop and support your sound there, the rest of the instrument will be "open" for you.

If you haven't bought his omnibus, or at a minimum his Book 1: Tone, it's recommended reading. In short, what you're doing is a good start, practice getting to the low note by ascending to it from above. Also, work on crescendoing the lower note, so play E -> Eb, and crescendo while doing so. Then step from Eb -> D, again going from mf to f. Keep stepping down like that. Do it every day, at the start of your playing.

edited to add: I'm a new player myself, I've been taking lessons since December. And low C was exceptionally difficult for me at the two week mark.

Original Poster3 points · 16 days ago

Thank you! I did buy Trevor's book (full set), it's done wonders already. That first exercise that starts with low C and then adds harmonics is still notoriously difficult for me, so I tend to skip that - I just can't start on the low C. Still, good to know it's normal not to be just able to play that note from the get go. I will work on it :)

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2 points · 16 days ago

Doing the exercises on pages 7-9 were what really helped me to consistently start with the low C for the harmonics. You're on the right track!

When you moved them, did you move them from inside Capture One, or externally by using the operating system?

I've run into this problem in the past when I move the files using Finder instead of using Capture One, and the only thing that finally solved it was manually putting them back where the catalog thought they were, then moving them to the external drive from inside Capture One.

Otherwise, even using the "Locate" feature, it still wasn't seeing them in the new location.

Original Poster1 point · 17 days ago

Using Finder, yes. Did the same thing you did basically, just moved them back and exported in full-res. Still, thanks!

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I'm not 100% certain, but I think there's something going on in the catalog's database file that gets really upset if it can't find the files at the original location, even if you later tell it the new location. The only other thing that seemed to work was pointing at each file, one by one, and choosing locate to show it the new location. But with anything more than about 10 files, that's a huge hassle.

Once I had put them back, I dragged them to the new location inside Capture One, and it moved them onto the external disk and kept the references intact.

Curious about the utility of the option to "mark all posts in this subreddit as OC". If a sub is just for OC, would the tag be necessary?

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10 points · 18 days ago

It's likely to allow the OC marker to carry through to the homepage feed. This way, users who submit OC to an OC-only sub won't still have to manually tag or flair those posts for when they display in /r/all or /r/popular

Additionally to this it is probably also helpful for reddit as a company to know if a user actually has the rights to post the content.

Seeing as they try to obtain all transferable rights on all content posted to reddit starting June 8th with their new user agreement it really helps if users directly tell them which content they have the rights for to give to reddit.

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3 points · 18 days ago

True; I was more specifically addressing why an all-OC sub would need an auto OC-tag.

Do they work when they are in their burrows?

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2 points · 18 days ago

"Check me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key."

17 points · 18 days ago

Nice! I didn't realize payload mating had already happened for the Parker Solar Probe. :)

5 points · 19 days ago

You can definitely tie it; check out the bloodline knot which is ideal for rejoining two segments of line into one.

After you've re-tied it, you'll need to equalize the lines. Three years ago, I wrote up a fairly in-depth comment on how to do that.

Line breaks, and repeatedly equalizing lines is a part of the hobby. At a certain point, though, your 90 foot lines may wind up closer to 65 feet, and you'll need to buy replacements. I buy SkyBond from Cath & Eliot at Flying Smiles Kites on the Outer Banks in NC. Just dual line sets on winders, no handles or other unnecessary stuff. And don't throw away shorter sets, they're great for practicing ground recoveries.

100 points · 19 days ago

Its going to be in West Virginia?

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15 points · 19 days ago

It would be very cool if it tied into the Cold War Bunker at the Greenbrier Resort.

I usually just do 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 7 8

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3 points · 20 days ago · edited 20 days ago

This is accurate for a bebop scale on a mixolydian or Dominant 7th scale.

What OP is asking for is the minor scale version, which is supposed to be 1 2 b3 3 4 5 6 b7 8.

In the context of a C- scale: C D Eb E F G A Bb C

/u/snowcoaster If I remember my jazz theory correctly, the bebop scale is usually played descending, which would place the passing tone on the upbeat in a minor context.

8 b7 6 5 4 3 b3 2 1
C Bb A G F E Eb D C

I think it should be able to be played up and down. Jazz doesn't just go down

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3 points · 20 days ago

Yeah, after I typed out the whole table I realized the passing tone (the natural 3 in a minor bebop scale) is still on the upbeat even when ascending - an 8-tone scale doesn’t shift upbeat and downbeat locations when changing directions.

Actually, on third thought, the OP is talking about the 4 falling on a downbeat, which I don’t address at all in either comment. I should probably just walk away at this point.

Sounds like you know your stuff and have some experience over there! I might have a chance to go see the Parker Solar Probe launch on a Delta IV (family member works at APL), last time we tried watching a launch (thru a couple nights in a row, ultimately foiled by weather) we were at the LC-39 Observation Gantry...

I think we were anyway, just looked it up and seems familiar, tho their 2-5 mi. ballpark estimate sounds odd (to different launch pads I guess?). Anyway, any recommendations? I was gonna attempt a time lapse with something equivalent to 15 or 16mm on FF (I shoot M4/3 and have a 7.5/2 & 8-16 f2.8-4)...

A long exposure seems like it'd be a neater effect tho, would love to hear any pointers that come to mind... I'll also have a 200-600mm equivalent tele, and some shorter ones, and two camera bodies. Seems like this launch will happen in the wee hours of the morning, possibly right before sunrise, which I imagine won't help.

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Original Poster1 point · 21 days ago

The Delta IV Heavy is a sight to behold, to be certain. If it happens to go up just before sunrise, that'd be VERY nice.

The LC-39 Gantry is about 2 miles from the Atlas V launchpad, and about 5 miles from the Delta IV pad at LC-37, so that would fit. If you have a family member bringing you out to watch the Parker Solar Probe launch, you may wind up in a different viewing location from the general public, which could put you closer. But, those locations are determined by looking at where the hazard zones are based on wind & weather on launch day, so it's a bit early to know for sure.

I've never done a time lapse shot of a launch, but I have shot a number of long exposures. For night launches, it's very straightforward. Put the camera in Bulb mode, set the aperture to f/16 and the ISO to 100. Open the shutter just after liftoff, and close it about three minutes later. For a sunrise launch, depending on how bright the sky is, you might want an ND filter, and for daylight streaks, you'd combine an ND filter with shorter exposures composited together after the launch (even with an ND filter, the sky overwhelms the streak after about 30 seconds).

Shooting with the 200-600mm telephoto on a second body gives you a chance to capture the Delta IV Heavy's engine thrust pattern; the center engine burns at 55% thrust while the side cores are at full, to allow the center stage to conserve fuel to use after stage separation.

As for exposure on a telephoto camera, Walter Scriptunas has put together a great guide on settings, that a number of us continue to refer to at each launch.

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