ALTAIR2 Hardware Pictures:
ALTAIR1 Recovery Pictures:
ALTAIR1 Launch Pictures:
Video of the GC-3 flashing LEDs. LedSourceGC3.mpg This 30-second clip was taken as Fred passed from 13,700 to 14,500 feet. The instrument is a CCD camera at the prime focus of a 50 mm f/4 objective. This telescope was mounted piggyback on a Meade LT-6 with tracking mount. Pointing is executed by the LT-6 under the control of a MatLab program that uses the telemetered GPS data stream as input.
Images of the Celestron Mak500 in action. The CCD imager mounted is a hacked Logitech QuickCam. I've also tried a more modern video ccd imager with optically similar results. The finder scope is a homemade 50 mm f/3.6.
And a movie...