reply to post by Pimander
Thanks. Read & bookmarked. Of course, what he proposed is scientifically valid and interesting, but politically not doable. I could have remarked
earlier that observatories would be well equipped if they would cooperate in such a venture to not only provide triangulation data but also various
spectral data. Suppose a group of ground observers who had cell phones with GPS capability and an app with a one-touch function that allowed an
observer to alert participating observatories and simultaneously supply the location according to GPS so they could each turn the telescope to the
proper azimuth and expected elevation quickly when a sighting occurred. Great, but it's not going to happen.
Dr. Hynek starting carrying a stereoscopic camera when he traveled. He got one shot from an airplane of something. It's not clear what it was, and the
two camera lenses on his gadget were really not far enough apart to even determine distance very well. If you set three cameras on long arms in your
backyard and rig a device to trip all three shutters at once, then sit out there skywatching full time, perhaps for a few years, you might get the
best UFO pictures in history, but what it really takes is three cameras miles apart all aimed at the object and capturing it simultaneously from three
angles, hopefully centered in frame and zoomed. Infrared and other data also obtained falls into the would-be-nice-but-nobody's-going-to-do-it
category. In setting up Project Twinkle they were very clear about the need to capture a target on film from three substantially distant locations and
have azimuth and elevation stamped on every frame. And they already had the equipment and trained operators to do it back in 1950, since they had been
used for tracking missiles being tested
Yes, there was a guy who appeared once on UFO Hunters
with a white truck loaded with various UFO tracking equipment and various cameras. But it
would take three of those (because you really need the triangulation) to do the job, and aiming would have to be precisely coordinated in real time.
And I don't even want to guess the cost of his setup.
By the way, there's a case described in one of the NICAP free online books in which a crewman aboard a USAF plane used the equipment at this station
to obtain microwave data on the object during a sighting event and some speculation on how the finding may relate to its propulsion system.
Anyway, what I proposed is not as grandiose as some schemes yet even then perhaps too much to ask, even though the project overall doesn’t require
money, since it’s strictly BOOB. Either there will enough interest for it to happen or there won’t. Insufficient interest is the big barrier, even
though what I described is far easier to implement than previous similar proposals, because of the software control that I suggested, where each
operator works for an hour at a time and can coordinate three cameras via the Internet once something is spotted. And if it takes a year or more,
I restrained myself from mentioning this before, but a debunker who has harsh words for even the most serious published ufologists, not to mention
witnesses, remarked earlier this year that none of them would want to do a civilian version of Project Twinkle because it would put an end to their
cash-cow book sales and lecture fees. I don’t remember his exact words, but that’s the gist of it. Maybe I was interpreting it the wrong way.
Maybe he thinks they believe it’s all a bunch of hogwash, not that actually finding something would put them out of business.
But what I suggested is a pretty scaled-down approach, and just a few seconds of video zoomed, synchronized, and shot from three angles, should make
history. But it comes down to whether or not people are interested in doing it for real. If I write a demo program for people to try out, maybe that
will spark some interest. But it should be administered by a major UFO group. If ufologists have doubts and think maybe all those pilots and their
corroborating eyewitnesses and radar operators, plus all other witnesses, are full of beans, well, so be it. But if they agree with the official
statements already made by a few governments that there really is something going on up there, then why not try to prove it in a way that’s not all
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