Originally posted by siemis
what i find to be very interesting is that there are thousands of shaky videos and pictures taken with bad devices like cell phones by people with no
background in astronomy showing a dot of light in the sky and claiming that this has to be a ufo.
on the other hand there are thousands of astronomers worldwide watching the night sky using high-tech optical devices like telescopes on stable mounts
and they never report any ufos. in fact, when you dive into astronomy, buy a good telescope and start to join some message boards to talk with other
astronomers, there is usually not even a ufo or unexplained objects section in those message boards.
if there would be so many unexplained flying objects in the night sky, why are those not seen by the people with a good equipment? or are they seen
but could easy be explained using the right equipment and know-how about astronomy?
I spend a lot of nights here where I live out in the country with my telescopes and cameras taking pictures of the sky.
I've been doing it since I was a kid back in the 1970s. I've spent a lot of time learning about what it is I'm seeing when I look up or when I look
through my telescope.
I have to know when a certain planet will be up in the sky and where it is if I want to look at it through my telescope. Same goes for asteroids,
comets, stars, nebula and other galaxies.
While out there, I some times see something go streaking by at unbelievable speeds. Sometimes faint, some times very bright and learned a very long
time ago that those are meteors I'm seeing.
I see points of light moving in the sky. Sometimes they are flashing....with a strobe light....and have green and red lights. Those are aircraft
traversing the skies at night.
Sometimes there is no strobe of light, but just a constant movement of a point of light. Sometimes faint, sometimes bright. I had to learn that those
are satellites orbiting the Earth,
I'm not the only one that has done this. Millions of amateur astronomers like me have done this, so that we know what it is we are seeing the the
People not familiar with what is up in the sky at night can mistake many of these things as a UFO. One of my brother-in-laws did that with me standing
next to him. He was freaked out......until I took him inside and showed him how what we just saw was the ISS passing overhead, as it was scheduled to
do so, would be bright and then suddenly fade out as it passed into the Earth's shadow.
However, in all this time, I've never once seen something that I could not explain up in the sky. And I'm ready for it with both a DSLR camera and a
video camera mounted on tripods.
But they just don't seem to want to visit me, even after decades of hoping to see something I can't explain in the sky.
Camera's can fool you. Take a picture of the moon with your cell phone, and you're just going to see a white dot. It's because the moon covers only
about 1/2 a degree in the sky when full. Here is a shot of it with my DSLR camera with a 210mm telephoto lens. This is as much as I can zoom in with
My video camera on the other hand can zoom in a lot better. Here is a frame grab:
But it only looks good because it's mounted on a tripod and not held on by my hands, else the moon would be shaking around very badly.
If an object is small and zipping around, it's going to be hard for anyone to capture, especially on a cell phone camera. As big as the moon looks to
our eyes, it's actually quite small in a camera's frame. Zooming in doesn't help. Try holding a pair of binoculars steady while looking at the moon
to give you and idea.
I'd love to capture something like a UFO. In the mean time, I'll still be out there every night that I can taking pictures like this:
Oh....and not EVERYONE has a cell phone. I don't. Nor does my wife.
Having worked with radar systems for 2 decades and knowing what RF energy can do to the human body, I'm not about to hold a RF transmitter up against
my head for extended periods......