reply to post by Star Ranger
(Continued from above)
Challenges to JLW (and Gridkeeper) to demonstrate ‘resolution’ at his magical high magnification setting.
-Record one of your objects while slowly varying the focus in and out after you zoom in – don’t touch the zoom setting. This must be done at the
maximum zoom setting 'where others only see stars but JLW sees' blah, blah, blah.
Expected result. Now you’ll see the spaceship morph into a myriad of different shapes. For his ISS images he just tunes the ‘shape’ by varying
the focus until it approximates a bad view of what the ISS 'should' look like.
-Record Saturn at max zoom, which from Earth has about the same angular size as the ISS seen from the ground at the same magnification as your
spaceship images. It should nicely fill the field of view and be about the same size as the 'ISS' when at the same magnification setting. JLW's
existing YouTube images of Saturn are small and can easily be achieved with a small or moderate size telescope. His zoomed images are strangely shaky
for an object on the celestial sphere being tracked by an equatorial mount.They're no big deal.
Expected result. A visual mess! The continuous surface of Saturn (unlike the point source of a star) or any planet and the Moon will smear all over
the field of view. JLWs existing lunar videos and Saturn are not taken at his magical zoom arrangement.
-Record a bright wide 'double' star like Albireo (beta Cygni), using your fantastic magnification. The double is easily recognized by having 2 very
different colors and are separated by about the same distance as the angular size of the ISS. So at your high magnification setting they should fill
the field of view nicely as does your image of the ISS. If not Albireo, any bright double with about the same separation or a bit less.
Expected result. Two overlapping identical ‘spaceships’ (if Albireo one yellow and one blue) separated by the angular separation of the pair.
Basically a double image of the same 'spaceship'.
-Record one of your spaceships at high magnification, then without re-focusing or changing the zoom level slew over to any number of nearby stars.
With your alleged tracking capability (or with any reasonable telescope mounting) that should be easy to do. Hop around to a few nearby.
-Expected Result. Gridkeeper says JLW sees this thing where 'others only see stars'. My guess is at high magnification ALL the stars in the sky look
like 'spaceships' in JLW’s high magnification arrangement. That's the real demonstration of fraud because JLW at the very least knows this to be
Finally whether JLW is just naïve about what he’s doing or a disingenuous fraud, I don’t know but suspect fraud. What I do know is these objects
are optical artifacts. The scintillation (or seeing) is real but they're all nothing but stars tracked by an equatorially mounted telescope
misaligned on the Pole requiring constant declination corrections. He has no bona fide satellite tracking capability. He fine tunes the distorted blur
to look like some new sort of spaceship and leaves the focus alone while he records.
If the cause is not misaligned optics in his zoom assembly it might be something as simple as putting a sheet of clear Saran Wrap over the front of
the telescope. At high powers it'll never focus quite right and might just look like his 'spaceships'.
I hope JLW will take up the challenges suggested here. Based on what I’ve read, he and Gridkeeper are persistently elusive about explaining or
demonstrating how this is all done. I suspect that won’t change.
Thanks for reading.