Date Time: Feb 6, 2018 @ 1545hrs EST
Weather: Mostly to partly clear, humid and a little hazy on horizon, sunny, no wind, 27C.
Equipment: Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 and 75-300mm lenses, on tripod and without tripod.
Attendance: Madison, McKenzie, Carla, Becky and Myself.
Objective: To image and view SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch, which was scheduled launch on this day at 1330hrs from the Kennedy Space Station on Cape Canaveral, FL.
- We traveled from our Resort in Kissimme to watch the launch from Cocoa Beach, FL for the 1330hrs scheduled launch. Many hundreds of people were parked on the side of Hwy 528 leading into Cocoa Beach because it offered an excellent view of the launchpad. Unfortunately for us, the launch was delayed at the last minute and rescheduled for a 1545hrs launch. Due to circumstances, we couldn't wait in Cocoa Beach and needed to head back to Kissimmee.
- We arrived back at our Kissimmee Resort at approx 1500hrs.
- At 1540hrs, I started watching the televised launch on NASA TV on our TV. At 1545hrs the rocket launched on schedule. I ran outside, with my camera and tripod, and there were many people in the yard looking for the rocket. I seen it right away, in the North East direction, low heading up, like a candle flame that was rising. It was only visible for about a minute, before it disappeared from view in some hazy clouds, looking like it was heading off to the East. This created quite a buzz around the resort. People were very excited about this launch.