On Wednesday evening I was fortunate to have a nearly unobstructed view of the Pegasus/TRACE launch off of California's central coast. I also took several very good photos. A great evening! I left my office in Camarillo at 15:40 PST and began driving towards Santa Barbara (about 55 minutes away). While enroute, I called a weather forecaster on my cell phone and got an update on the weather. It was mostly clear at Vandenberg and the clouds were moving northwest to southeast. I was advised to stay away from the high mountains above Santa Barbara and get near the beach. When I got to Santa Barbara, the mountains were indeed shrouded by clouds. From the highway I spotted a very high hill to the west and began heading towards it. I got to the top of the hill and found a good observation/photo point. At first it was quite cloudy. Over time, it began to clear. When the launch window openned, the west was almost totally clear. The launch window openned, and we saw nothing. Launch time came and went and we saw nothing. About two minutes before the end of the window, I got ready to carry my gear back to the car. My friend Elaine then yelled "There it is!" Low on the northwest horizon, a very bright contrail appeared. It was the Pegasus, and it was moving fast, much faster that a Delta II or other vehicle. As it climbed, the contrail began to spread out to form a plume. At the very front was a tiny, bright light source. We observed stage 2/3 separation and watched the third stage keep going. The third stage had a smaller, wedge-shaped exhaust plume. Then the third stage went out. Meanwhile, high altitude winds had already begun to twist the contrail. The top part of the trail had colored fringes (weakly irridescent). I quickly drove back to Thousand Oaks and walked into the photo lab at 20:05. The techs were getting ready to shut things down, but agrred to process my film. Forty minutes later I held my breath and looked at the prints. Beautiful! I was rewarded with several interesting high quality photos*. A great launch!!! Regards, Brian Webb Thousand Oaks, California *Photo set-up was a 135mm lens, tripod, Fujicolor 800. Exposures were 1/30th sec at f/4.