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  1. 5 minutes ago, JamesF said:

    Apparently Elon Musk claims it saves them $6m per launch if they use recovered fairings.

     

    Worth the effort then. Although I must admit to being disappointed. How amazing would it be if the fairings had descent boosters, gridfins and landing legs like the first stage? :) That would no doubt blow the £6m saving tho..

  2. 20 minutes ago, JamesF said:

    Here we go:

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    About a third of the way up the left hand side of the screen, just coming into view from behind the first stage?  It looks as though it could actually be fairly close.

    James

    Timing. :)

    Downloaded from YT. Ran through VLC Frame buffer to output the frames, upscaled to 200% and made a GIF. I reckon you're right.

    Fairing.gif.7821cb915bd180706a2608582dc54160.gif

  3. 3 minutes ago, JamesF said:

    It's on the first stage image more clearly I think.  It's barely there for a second though, so I've not managed to get a screen grab yet.

    James

    Wasn't even looking at the first stage :)

    However, now I am, I think I see it but not clearly. There's something that looks like a flash behind one of the left gridfins. 

    Got it on quarter speed trying to get a grab of it now

  4. You're going to have difficulty, snapbridge should in principle be the tool for the job but it needs improvements. As well as having no port for a cable, it doesn't have an IR receiver to allow use of a wireless remote either. Backyard Nikon isn't supported either.

    You could use the self timer to trigger exposures while avoiding vibration, you'll be limited with exposure length though as that won't allow anything over 30s.

  5. We've got our nieces and nephews and their dad (bubble) with us for Christmas and Will, the oldest, aged 15,  just snapped this single frame handheld with the Tamron 150-600, without stabilisation turned on. We're just getting wrapped up and going out for a vis session, I'm going to give him a tour of the southern highlands.

    That's my boy :)

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  6. 27 minutes ago, JamesF said:

    Oh dear.  BBC News headline for this story today:

    "Elon Musk's Starship prototype makes a big impact"

    James

    Yep. Just heard the R2 news, they went with ‘A revolutionary new SpaceX rocket exploded last night’

  7. Just now, JamesF said:

    It looked to me that the rocket didn't fire early enough to get the descent under control before it hit the pad, but otherwise that was so impressive.

    James

     

    The flip was incredible. I thought the landing burn fired too late as well, and the bloke on the feed I'm watching said the same.

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