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Atlas V Launch: Morelos-3 (Warning: Lens death)

 
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Oct 03, 2015 14:46 |  #1

Yesterday's Atlas V launch marked United Launch Alliance's 100th mission since its inception in 2006. The vehicle lofted Mexico's Bicentenario communications satellite to orbit. Atlas flew in the 421 configuration with two solid boosters.

First off, the Atlas pad (SLC-41) is undergoing some construction in preparation for crewed flights. Here it is during rollout:

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The damages:
Solid rocket boosters produce hydrogen chloride, which mixes with water from the pad's sound suppression system to produce hydrochloric acid. On this occasion, winds out of the north drove the exhaust plume over much of pad and subjected almost every camera to acid rain.

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Oct 03, 2015 15:29 |  #2

Sorry to see that, Mike! I've always liked seeing your launch images. Got insurance?


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Oct 03, 2015 23:59 |  #3

Nope, I just set lower value lenses on remote cameras. That 28-70 costs less than a kit lens.

In the last four years of launch photography I've only killed two lenses: This one and a Zuiko 28/2.8.


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Oct 04, 2015 01:34 |  #4

Mike Deep wrote in post #17731879 (external link)
Nope, I just set lower value lenses on remote cameras. That 28-70 costs less than a kit lens.

In the last four years of launch photography I've only killed two lenses: This one and a Zuiko 28/2.8.

Did the camera survive Mike? Love you launchpad shots.


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Oct 04, 2015 02:51 |  #5

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17731463 (external link)
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would love to see an insurance reply on a claim made for damage due to rocket blast... ;-)a

looks like well worth the sacrifice Mike, another excellent set of images.


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Oct 04, 2015 09:42 |  #6

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Did the camera survive Mike? Love you launchpad shots.

The camera is fine. I think...


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Oct 12, 2015 10:13 as a reply to  @ Mike Deep's post |  #7

I wonder if you had a UV filter if the lens would have survived


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Oct 12, 2015 10:33 |  #8

Outstanding shots as usual. I am so jealous. I would love to set up for a shot like this.


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Oct 12, 2015 18:44 |  #9

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I wonder if you had a UV filter if the lens would have survived

Most likely. I won't use them, though. The risk of additional flare and condensation ruining the shot outweighs saving the lens. That and an acceptable filter costs almost as much as the lens...


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Oct 15, 2015 10:40 |  #10

Beautiful shots - very very cool.

I kinda feel the same way about lenses and bodies shooting rally cars, i have a MF only sigma 17-50 here that gets used in some stupid locations, simply cos its free and busted, but still produces sharp images when correctly aimed.
If it gets run over im not too worried, sure i can find another "for parts" lens that works


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Since I've been working on them today, here's a follow up demonstrating the acid rain damage to my Tiltalls:

The one on the left has been cleaned and polished, the one on the right is still as it was after the launch. It's downright unpleasant to handle.

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I've tried various cleaning agents (Been through this drill several times now) and the only way I've been able to remove this chalky residue is with aluminum polish.

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Even then, the damage left behind in the form of pits is extensive. The leg locks can also seize up as the mess runs down each leg and pools in the locks and bushings. Anti-seize grease was on the list today.

I also field a few Leitz Tiltalls, which are anodized. They seem to fare much better than the bare aluminum.

I guess the takeaway here is if you're going to shoot a rocket launch, don't use a fancy aluminum tripod. There's a reason I use these old battle-hardened Tiltalls.

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Nov 02, 2015 17:09 |  #12

You can now by a hydrophobic coating made of nano particles that repels water completely. Putting that on beforehand may cut down on the damage some as the acid water drops would not stay on the tripod. The trade name is "Nanomyte"


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Nov 02, 2015 20:31 |  #13

I wonder how a properly lacquered wooden tripod would handle the rain - with SS fittings

or a CF one for that matter (still got alloy bits on it i suppose, which would be affected)


How about painting them in a paste of bicarb soda ? Would neutralise the acid rain ?


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Nov 02, 2015 21:20 |  #14

Mike Deep wrote in post #17769819 (external link)
Since I've been working on them today, here's a follow up demonstrating the acid rain damage to my Tiltalls:
I've tried various cleaning agents (Been through this drill several times now) and the only way I've been able to remove this chalky residue is with aluminum polish.

I hope that you can get them back in working order. I've had one since 1965, & it's never let me down.


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