reply to post by bluestreak53
In the following, I'll try to give a good estimation of both the altitude of the lights and their possible location.
1- Location of the lights
First step is to find photos were the olympic mountains crest are clearly visible from Victoria. After almost one hour of research, I finally succeed
in finding some.
The original format of these three photos can be found in this Flickr
; they were taken last month.
The mountains crest that can be seen on the last photo above match 100% with that of our "UFO" photo:
Next step is to determine the lights location (pixels coordinates) on this photo:
Now that we have these coordinates, how can we determine the location, provided that these lights are on the coast, on the hillside?
Fortunately, the three photos from the Flickr album can be composited together to give a good overview of the whole Olympic mountains crest:
[scroll to the rightmost part to see the coordinates of the lights]
Next step is to find an acceptable reference point that can be found on the US coast on the photos.
As nothing clear can be seen on these, a quick search on "Port-Angeles seen from Victoria" gives me some interesting results. In the photo below, for
example, (taken from the ferry that goes from Port-Angeles to Victoria) Port-Angeles is directly located under the topmost mountains crest:
So we can take as a reference point the point "A", which is formed at the junction of the perpendicular line drawn from the mountain higher point to
the sea level and the line that mark this sea level.
This mountain higher point is visible as well on one (the leftmost) of our photo taken from Flickr.
Also, we know that there's approximately 33.000m on a straight line between Victoria and Port-Angeles.
So, we can easily determine the angular size and the estimated length of the straigth line that join point "A" to the rightmost part of the photo:
Finally, let's proceed the same way for the two other photo in the composition below:
....were we can have now a complete estimation of both the angular size of the length of the total distance between point "A" and point "B" (the point
with the coordinates [945,401] where the lights are located.
So the lights are located approximately 12.600m (7.83 miles) away to the right of Port-Angeles...
....to be continued!
edit on 20-9-2012 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)
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