I try to get as close to the pad as is safe. The zoom on my camera is limited, and the farther back I go, the worse the pics get. The downside of being so close is that it gives me much less window to actually get a shot of the rocket in flight, since it zooms off the upper side of my frame very fast!
came down nice and close with its streamer.
wind was calm with occasional gusts to 5 mph or so
only one that didn't make it back was the Star Dart which took a wrong turn at the top of the launch rod and arced to the east instead of the west. wind was from the southwest, so i knew it wasn't coming home as it flew high and fast into the sky...what a beautiful flight it made, chute popped at around 2000' and even with a big hole in the middle, gently dropped the model behind some tall trees over ------> that hill...inside Lake of the Pines, a gated community.
next time i'll bring a 12v launcher so i can burn some of these AP motors