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Old January 13th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Ever Get a Good Shot of a Bullet in Flight?

10,000 frames per second on the camera.

A .45 acp bullet travels about an inch in 1/10,000th of a second. At best even a big slow bullet will be blurry, but should be relatively easy to capture.

But then there's the 30 fps at the editing table, that puts the bullet travel closer to 25 feet.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #2
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They do it relatively often on Mythbusters.

Yes, it requires a VERY high speed camera, a limited field of view, and a LOT of light to offset the extraordinary shutter speed.

But it's certainly possible.

In fact the best examples I've seen recently were in the TV Program "Top Shot" where they'd track bullets in nearly every episode.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #3
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You can quickly find lots of examples. There are some cool ones here:

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Old January 14th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #4
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One of the coolest shots of this type to me was the video of the Navy railgun under development. This shows a camera moving with an object leaving the gun at about mach 5.

YouTube - Navy's Record-Breaking Railgun Shot

If THAT can be done, following a conventional bullet in flight isn't even a challenge anymore. ;)
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Old January 15th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting this - I used to work at this lab roughly 50 years ago - we were still firing 16 inch battleship rifles. Good to know they're still "in business"
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