Originally Posted by albie
Gale, you claim they put a balloon in orbit to fool people with telescopes. Why didn't they just put an object shaped like the ISS up there to fool them better? The telescope you used is pretty common aperture and power. Must be thousands of them. Again, your theories and paranoia do not make sense. But then you are losing sleep - that can make you weird.
If they put something up there shaped like the ISS, i.e. a balloon, it would just start spinning and hence blinking on and off to the naked eye as it span in the Sun's light.
Of course there are many telescopes out there like mine but the ISS is not an easy object to look at and not everyone even bothers to try. Ideally you need computerized tracking and I don't know how well the system works for fast moving objects like the ISS never having used it myself.