posted on Apr, 7 2008 @ 09:49 AM
First let me say hello to anyone reading this thread. I have been keeping an interested eye on the ATS site for some time now but have only recently
become a member and this is my first post.
Whilst I find most topics on ATS interesting and many if not all overlap to some degree, I am particularly interested in UFO's. I long to see or
experience something myself, although I'm sure I should be careful of what I wish for!
This brings me to the reason for starting this new thread, and with that apologies if I am repeating something that has already been adequately
covered by another thread or discussion forum.
My wife and I took a drive into the UK countryside late one night of last week (no it's not what you're thinking!!!), we went searching for UFO's.
Now firstly we didn't see anything, but it struck me that if we had, we would have been woefully unprepared. We had no camera, the binoculars we
were carrying had a very low objective diameter meaning we couldn't see bugger all, and we got really cold.
This weekend I started writing a list of things I think might be useful on further spotting trips. I soon realised that it was more complicated than
at first appeared.
If we take a camera for example:
What type of camera is going to be most suitable for taking photos or filming at night, and at what settings? Will the evidence gathered by these
means lend itself with more ease to scientific scrutiny? How should you compose the picture? Do you use something for scale? What angle or angles
will help in determining size and proportion? If you are filming do you add commentary? What things are important to mention or make note of a part
from the date and time? Once you have taken your photos or film, how do you store or save that data? What program should you use? Should you edit
or analyse your data for distribution? How should you distribute the footage?
I have heard much criticism of footage shown on various threads, but I am not convinced that if I suddenly encountered a UFO my evidence would be any
What I suggest we could do in this thread is compile a list of essential equipment with detailed levels of specification. Now I'm not just taking
about cameras here, and I think we could go further than "hot thermos" "energy bar" "warm gloves" etc. How about a procedures guide to UFO
watching. I know it may sound a bit anoraky but if the ATS community could come up with a guide to gathering evidence, we could make a real
Police officers are often described as reliable witnesses because of their position in the community and also because they have the information and
evidence gathering training and equipment to hand.
We could produce something like a quality assurance or procedural guide to evidence gathering. The more people that search the skies the better, but
quantity doesn't beat quality. UFO watchers need to be ready to make calm and detailed notes and recordings using suitable equipment. Then we are
going to have more availability of strong, reliable evidence that can more readily stand up to worldwide scrutiny.
In this way, an "Idiot's Guide to UFO Watching" might actually help to bring about full disclosure of the UFO phenomena.
I look forward to your thoughts.