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Mach Diamonds


Are you familiar with Mach diamonds? Mach Diamonds appear as little bright spots stacked within the flame of a rocket or jet engine exhaust and even small engines can produce them.

Because rockets lift off very quickly it is almost impossible to see them live but with the aid of a good camera and the right setting they can be captured in photographs.


The second photo is a rare shot and shows a very nice stack of diamonds within a cluster and as you can see, these are not HPR motors.


All photos courtesy of Pete Barrett

Above is another great shot of a small engine producing Mach diamonds and on a saucer no less!


Capturing Mach diamonds is not that hard but there are a couple of important factors to consider like shutter speed, background contrast, and lighting, with lighting being the most critical. You may get lucky on a sunny day and get a shot but as the photos indicate a heavily overcast sky or late afternoon make for the best opportunities to bag some diamonds.


Winter is coming for many of us, with dark grey days and early sunsets, so maybe now is a good time to make plans for a late afternoon launch on a cloudy day. 


And if you get lucky send us your photos, we'd love to share them with everyone.




"I'm not saying it was Rocket Babe...


"...But it was Rocket Babe..."

We love Giorgio Tsoukalos! Catch him and the aliens on History Channel!"


Looking for something entertaining and fun to read?

If you'd like something entertaining and fun to read, get your copies of the entire Rocket Babe series, paperback or Kindle. Here's how...

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Rocket Babe: Reflection


Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
Fallen Angel $12.00
Ant Men $13.00
Reflection $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

*Special "Set" pricing! Get all 4 books for $46.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $10 off the regular price and shipping!

*Shipping outside the USA available. Contact us for a postage quote before placing your order.


Send your email order to Verna at: with BOOK as the subject.

List each dedication separately and clearly. Be sure to include the full shipping address.

Verna will reply with how to send in your money order. Sorry, money orders only.

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Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from


Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


Above you see our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



Just click the BLUE link below the banner!





Kudos to Kevin Haworth for this fantastic saucer!

Who doesn't like a good saucer, especially if it's a flying saucer? I've loved flying saucers ever since I saw "The Thing From Another World" in 1962. I have to have to admit, the one above is about the coolest rocket saucer I have ever seen!

And what would Halloween be without a saucer and little grey men? Of course you know, Martians aren't really green, right? They're grey.


We love this one! With just a few L.E.D.'s it would be a super cool night launch vehicle!


While this is a simple variation of a theme, it's the first time I've seen one like it.


Pay no attention to the saucer above, it's just a clever deception by the Greys. No matter what you see this Halloween to the contrary, aliens, are, GREY! Just ask any Rocket Babe character. GREY!

Whatever color your aliens are we hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


Visit Kevin at Alien Soup and tell him Verna sent you!





Bones says...

"Spending Halloween with Mick Jagger over at Morgan Fairchild's house. Yeah, that's the ticket!"


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet


Dick Stafford's The Original Rocket Dungeon


Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight issue #155


April 2006  Finishing Touches
And Virally In Ezines Like:
Hobby Media Italy


You never know who will show up on Fire & Smoke!


Morgan Fairchild never misses Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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