Originally posted by zorgon
Yes Sir Herr Commandant
You know I wrote the PUBLIC RELATIONS guy at Mt Palomar... so I wasn't wasting anyones time...
Sounds to me like you wasted the PR guy's time.
And I also have some awesome photos of the Moon from astronomers who did not think I was wasting their time... some I even paid licensing fees for
them to use as prints... and I have a letter from a NASA employee that says its the best photo of the moon he has ever seen...
I have access to plenty of cool photos of the moon too, some very high resolution shots as well. Webcam-style astrophotography has revolutionized
lunar astrophotography in recent years, amateurs with big scopes are beating what the pros used to be able to do. But what has this got to do with
detecting apollo artifacts exactly?
Now I wasn't looking for scope time at Palomar... merely to purchase copies of photos I had seen in old books credited to Mt Palomar... only to be
told that none exist... I asked for the archive photos of the Moon taken by Lick... only to be sent by a very helpful lady at the Lick to the UCLA
Santa Cruz facility where they were 're-cataloging the images... only to find the MOON images are not available
Again, it doesn't matter whether Palomar or Lick took the picture, neither is even close to capable of seeing apollo artifacts. So why does it
matter whether you were hoping for archive photos or new photos?
Well good for you and as you say MOST but SOME do So what are you a volunteer?
I can assure that the ones that do are not "Keck-class" scopes though. They may be good for what they are, but not the best. In fact, I'd be
willing to bet that the ones that do let you choose the target to look at are at older historical observatories like Lick and Palomar or are not among
the world's largest scopes. I was a volunteer at my university's observatory the entire time I was a student there and I came back and helped out
with some public viewings a few times after I graduated. I went on to work at another observatory for a while after college, which was a big step
down in equipment but gave me a paycheck. You say you've always said these scopes can't see the apollo artifacts, but you started off complaining
that they won't try, as if you thought maybe they could. Sounds like you're changing your tune.
[edit on 30-7-2008 by ngchunter]