posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 03:03 PM
How could one discern movement on the Moon's surface when the whole image is dithering about due to atmospheric heat haze? As usual, Mr Walson has
produced a typical amateur astronomer's movie of the Moon using a not very sophisticated telescope, from a not very good location. He used to say it
was a Meade 8" LX series Schmidt Cassgrain, but latterly a 15grand 14" model. Yet he said he was poor! I guess it's all relative.
Being an amateur astronomer myself, I can assure you that this wasn't filmed using a Meade 14" anything, it's simply too poor quality. I'm really
unclear as to what we are supposed to get out of these productions. I have watched dozens of Gridkeeper masterpieces and they are all the same. We get
a few seconds of video followed by the same footage with more or less contrast, more or less colour balance, more or less this, more or less that.
What we don't get is anything of merit. These shows are dished up by the dozen and griddy has a big following on YouTube, so every credit to him as a
showman. He does a great job in that and I'm the first to acknowledge it. But when it comes to imaging spacecraft or comparing his efforts with those
of NASA, he really is stretching credibility too far.