launch at 11:38 am, Discovery on her way - No. 105 B, Kennedy Space Center, page 598, "1000 Places To See Before You Die."
We made a trip to Florida to Disney World and on to Key West. By chanch we saw the Discovery launch scheduled on the very day we would be traveling on I-95 home to Savannah . So, being retired we had the time to see something we had always wanted to see but had not. Finding a motel was something we weren't prepared to handled, but at the last minute we stayed on US 1 right across from the lauch pad but three miles away across the bay at the Space Center. That's what you are seeing, a shot made from that position. It was made with a Canon 40D, 100-400 "L" IS lens and a 2X converter mounted on a heavy tri-pod. With the conservation of the 40D at 1.6 and the lens wide open at 400 mm, the actual shot was made at about 1280 mm. It was exciting experience.