Spacex Crew Dragon Launch

launch__RGB_MaxOn March 2, 2019 there was a launch of a Spacex Falcon 9 carrying a demonstration capsule to the Space Station.  We are about 80 miles south of Cape Canaveral but we have a clear view over the Atlantic to the launch area.  I set up my Nikon P900 set to wide angle and started a video at launch.  Visually we could see the rocket for a good long time but it passed out of the video frame in a couple of minutes.   The two minute video is kind of boring but i sped it up to 30 seconds which improved the drama a bit.  My real goal was a streak so i used a combination of free software to composite all the frames of the 30 second video into the shot below. I’m reasonably pleased although i would have liked some bit of foreground to show up.  This was at 2:30 am and the buildings along the beach were pretty much black.

the video was cropped and sped up with an online editor https://ezgif.com/video-speed.

the frames were split out with pipp https://sites.google.com/site/astropipp/pipp-manual/

the split frames were stacked with rot’n’stack https://www.astrobin.com/gear/37336/rotnstack-rotnstack/

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