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Old 07-17-2009, 01:14 PM
Astronut Astronut is offline
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Default Re: The Space Shuttle and the ISS are a Hoax!

Originally Posted by galexander View Post
To clear up the point Astronut I was trying to tell you that UV light ONLY AFFECTS THE SURFACES OF SOLID OBJECTS. Got it yet? That's why the Moon wouldn't disappear as soon as UV light ionized its surfaces.
The moon is a solid object... if it's not, LCROSS will be a dud.
The Earth's upper atmosphere is comprised entirely of ionized gas as a result of the Sun's UV light and note the Earth's atmosphere simply doesn't fly off into space because of this!
Yeah, and the bonds of O3 are much easier to break than the bonds of titanium...
Looking at your webpage with accompanying space images I couldn't help noticing you have taken pictures of the Space Shuttle taking off as well as a bald headed eagle! Are you absolutely certain you are not a patriotic NASA fan?
Moving the goalposts. First it was that I was a NASA employee, and now it's a crime to be a NASA fan? Yes, I'm patriotic, yes I enjoy NASA as it relates to my hobby, but I'd be the first to cry foul if ISS didn't look right in my telescope.
I'm afraid what I viewed through my telescope on numerous occasions cannot be explained away by poor focus or lack of magnification. The focus was checked carefully on each viewing and I could easily see the apparent diameter of the spherical object and calculate its actual diameter to be around 40 metres about the same as quoted for the ISS.
Well, whatever you're doing wrong doesn't disprove a postive result, and many amateurs including me have gotten positive results. If you were to see it in person would it convince you any more than a picture?
Incidentally could I asked what tracking you used with the moving image you showed us which is allegedly of the ISS? Was it manual or computer driven as the image is a little erratic?
I used computer tracking; Satellite Tracker software by Brent Boshart. It's erratic because there's a lag between issuing a command to the computer to center it up and it being reflected in the tracking of the scope. There's also the issue that whenever the computer "hiccups" and accesses the hard drive the tracking shuts off for a split second before resuming. Getting it to stay on ISS at an equivalent of 200x or so is easy:
Getting it to do that with a 640x480 tiny little chip in a cheap webcam-style video camera at the equivalent of about 400x is difficult due to the tiny field of view and imperfections in the telescope's gears. If you were using an eyepiece with a good field of view like a 9mm Nagler though (even with a 2x barlow), it'd be as easy as the above video.

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