super 8 model rocket???!!!
Posted 28 April 2006 - 07:48 PM
I want to shoot this rocket off the beach over the ocean and attempt to capture a group of surfers waiting for waves. Yes i know, i'll believe it when i see it, most likely impossible, yada yada yada. So, when the rocket lands in the water and i have three of my buddies frantically paddleing to pick it up, will the salt water distroy the film?
even so; directions on how to put a super 8 camera on a model rockets would be pretty sweet, especially if you shoot it horizontally, over some houses in the outer sunset of san francisco.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 08:22 PM
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See first hand what it looks like from your rocket's point-of-view to be blasted off and then recovered. The easy-to-use video camera lets you capture digital movies from liftoffs to landings. Save the movies to your laptop or PC using the included software and USB cable.
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The AstroCam 110 is back and better than ever! The aerial camera nose cone has a newly designed shutter release that makes it even easier to set up. This kit includes a FREE 24 exposure roll of Kodak Gold 110 color print film (ASA 400). Launch it on a B6-4 for close-up low altitude photos or take it to the limit on a C6-7 for high altitude shots.
I love model rocketry. Very cool stuff.
P.S. you may be able to find a vintage film Camroc (you may want to do some research and make sure about the name) on ebay, I haven't looked but they may come up every once in a while, Lord knows every other vintage toy does.
Edited by Capt.Video, 28 April 2006 - 08:27 PM.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 08:36 PM
Posted 28 April 2006 - 08:41 PM
The Cineroc carried about 10ft of super 8mm film in a special cartridge.
The Camroc took only one photo per flight (like the astrocam). I have two of those:
Here's an actual clip from a Cineroc. Its a two stage rocket, so note the booster stage separating in flight:
I've never actually flown the Cineroc, a bit too valuable to risk (they only made them from about 1970 - 75). Instead, I took an old cheapie Bell and Howell fixed focus S8 camera, tore it down to just the bare essentials (lens, motor, cartridge holder) and stuffed it into a rocket's payload section. The lens pointed up, so I had a small mirror in front of it at 45', and then another mirror outside the rocket in an aerodynamic shroud, also set at 45' so they worked like a periscope. The view was the same as the Cineroc's, looking down at the ground during flight.
Edited by rcgrabbag, 28 April 2006 - 08:49 PM.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 08:56 PM
Edited by Capt.Video, 28 April 2006 - 09:03 PM.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 08:59 PM
Here are some Astrocam photos I took too:
Edited by rcgrabbag, 28 April 2006 - 09:08 PM.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:50 PM
Edited by Capt.Video, 28 April 2006 - 09:51 PM.
Posted 28 April 2006 - 11:40 PM
i knew the forum would love this one. lol
Posted 29 April 2006 - 01:49 AM
If anything, and I don't really recommend this but, launching it from a floating platform of some sort, like something built on the deck of a boat or a raft, towards the shore making sure the winds are blowing inland and hope to Hell there's enough of a breeze to get it to shore would probably be a lot smarter, if it makes it to shore and you have to do the shot a second time at least your camera won't be destroyed. If you do use a boat remember to turn on the bilge exhaust fans and clear out any diesel or gas fumes before launching the rocket otherwise the hull, being an enclosed space full of gas fumes could become an unitentional special effect.
launching one at a horizontal or low angle is another very BAD idea. Once the rocket has been launched, you have no control over it. It WILL go where ever it wants to and it won't fly very far. The chances are you could hit someone or something and hurt someone, damage or set something on fire with it or in the very best senario, crash it into the ground...HARD and again lose your very expensive little camera. This could be good for some exciting shots but I would definately rethink what your planning to do with it.
Posted 29 April 2006 - 08:17 AM
If you want to build a rocket, get a kit. Its cheap and it has most of the stuff you'll need like the engine mounting hardware, a parachute, fin material, and the nose cone (difficult to make by hand). Many are designed to be payload carriers as well.
If you go the route I took, that is, tearing down an old movie camera, the rocket you fly will have to be the "high power" variety due to the camera's size. Mine was about 4-5ft tall with a 4inch diamter body. There is too much info around high power rocketry to cover here. Check out:
Tripoli Rocketry Association
As for my camera, here are some pics of two I made.
This was the first. There was a lot of metal in it, so I drilled it full of holes to lighten it. The orange triangle piece is a mirror housing I cut off from a toy periscope. Since the camera lens sat pointing up in the payload section, the mirror angled the view horizontally. Another mirror on the outside of the rocket in an aerodynamic shroud angled the view again back towards the ground.
Here's the second camera, mostly plastic construction so I left a lot intact.
Power for both came from a 9v battery. I'll see if I can dig up some pics of the actual rockets I used. They're long gone now (gave them to a budding rocketeer).
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