Originally posted by Dantes
Regarding the markings, the number 50 written on the inside of the ship.
To me this is the weakest part of the clip. In order for the markings to be stationary while the camera is shaking left and right, the only possible
explanation would be that the numbers are written on the lens of the camera itself, or on a glass connected to the camera somwehow. But then the
numbers would have to be visible at all times, and in the clip, they disappear for 11 seconds and then mysteriously reappear.
My conclusion is that the markings consists of a separate layer added on to the original video, which is probobly of a small scale model.
Is there any other possible explaination for the sudden disappearence and later fade-in of the markings?
There are answers and I have outlined some HERE
Read Neils answer to mine because his arguement is valid and at first glance would seem to refute mine but we’ll get to his in a bit.
Regarding the orbit height. I found a statement regarding Apollo 16 and the average orbit height was 110km. When the command module was orbiting,
the speed of travel (which eludes me at the moment) gave whoever was supposed to be filiming anything about 1 -2 minutes to capture. They started
filiming from one direction and eneded up filming from the other.. this is apparent in this video.
The craft is supposed to be a mile wide. .
Hmm..Let’s add this up.
Height of orbiting camera = 56miles or 300,000 ft
CRAFT = 1 mile wide or 5280ft
Glass from camera = 4 ft max imo
Focal point ”shakes” about 10000ft left and right throughout video (this is amazingly tight btw)
300,000ft focal length / 10,000 shake width = 1/30
divide 5280ft / 4ft = 1320 x 56 miles = 73920 to 1 is the ratio of the shake.
This means the camera looking through the glass from 4ft away would have a 73920 to 1 difference in the amount of visible camera shake on video. In
other words, almost imperceptable. BUT.. if you frame by frame it and really scrutinize the video, you CAN see the 50 move in unison with the ship.
Why do the numbers disappear and reappear?
Think about how sensitive the settings on the camera must be.
Read neil slades reply to me , grab a camera, write a 50 on glass, and stick the camera behind and zoom on an object far away.. it disappears. Now
write on the camera lens itself. It shows up then eh? (you can save your camera lens from this test by marking on transparency)
Given how close the numbers are to the camera in relation to the ship from the camera, the only reason you see them is the fact of the low light
settings and amount of light being let through is largely taken up by black writing in a TIGHT focal path.
If someone were to take a flashlight and highlight the writing during the zoom portion, I bet the numbers would disappear altogether. In other words,
the focal “beam” is so tight that anything in front of the lens is going to show if it’s dark and not “out lit”
From one direction it’s harder to see them because the angle the light is being seen by the lens.
I believe the reason the numbers “disappear” is because an internal light of some sort was turned on to wash out the blackness of the writing..
this is not a normal situation and pertains to the environment of the video.
I do action photography/video and have a 500mm lens did some tests to verify what I’m saying is possible.
Similar things happen in this video to what I experience at a sporting event and I have to track moving targets a full 180degrees across a field or
Sometimes I can see objects on my lens and then sometimes I can’t.. it depends on a lot of variables.
As far as the “reflection” is concerned, I have no idea what that is and could be the packaging to “Pop tarts” for all I know.
These are just my (always possibly wrong) thoughts and hopefully will be backed up by more amazing videos by retiredafb.