posted on Sep, 29 2019 @ 05:01 PM
originally posted by: FireballStorm
4/ Once you get back in and you've off loaded the images to your hard drive, zoom into each image and check for trails
I just want to make a little correction to my post above, which has been bolded
in the above quote, to highlight the offending part.
Not sure why I wrote that at the time (!?), but there is no need to zoom in, as long as you have a good monitor. I only zoom in once I spot something
while zoomed out so that I can see the whole image.
I also wanted to add an actual example, so here is a 100% crop from an image with a junk/satellite glint/flash. The flash is just left of center in
the image, and you'll also notice the faint trail the object left either side of the flash, although it fades quickly to the left of the flash.
It's worth noting how dim the trail is compared to the glint - although I did not see it at the time, the glint would have been easily visible to the
naked eye, but the rest would have been much too faint to see, even under pristine skies/ideal conditions.
While the above image is of a fairly average junk (or satellite) glint, it's not the "mega-glint" which this thread is about, and each satellite/piece
of junk will leave a slightly different trail in many cases. Some will gradually brighten/fade (AKA "flaring"), which is more an operational satellite
characteristic, while junk tends to result in fast and random (or semi-random) glints at various points along it's trail since it is usually spinning
quickly in multiple axis.