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by NotRappaport
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

But you'd need to know the size (diameter) of Venus first, would you not? Or at least the distance between Earth and Venus? Nope. You only need to know how far apart your observation locations are from each other and the parallax angle that is observed when comparing the view from both locations. F...
by NotRappaport
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

The reason that would prove distance is because all the location/visibility/path information on Heavens Above is based on it being at that ~400 km distance. You can verify this by selecting any given flyby and then comparing the path for a location a few km away. If it weren't at that distance and ...
by NotRappaport
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Beyond that I don't know what sort of historical records database of passages you might have in mind. Simply the same sort of historical records (available on ANY astronomical planetarium worthy of its name) of each and everyone of our surrounding planets circling around us since thousands and thou...
by NotRappaport
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Unfortunately Heavens Above does not archive the older epoch data for calculating old passes, but always calculates every pass with the current epoch data. Why on Earth would they do that, pray tell? :blink: I would guess because its simpler to code that way (and uses less processing power compared...
by NotRappaport
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Did I dream that I saw these passes with my own eyes? Am I a "Mandela effect" victim? :P Not at all, Simon :D The important thing to note about the data on Heavens Above is that it is extrapolated from the current "Epoch", which is shown in detail on the "orbit" link . It is updated each day. The c...
by NotRappaport
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

wonder if you wouldn't mind also getting some kind of picture of the set up with tripod and so on Next time I get it set up I will snap a picture. This might not be until 24-Nov because my plan for the 16-Nov target date has changed now since I've run into unexpected complications with the focus (d...
by NotRappaport
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Here is a more detailed documentation of my setup, and also some new information about how I can use it after all, even if the flyby doesn't happen right in front of a bright star. These are the parts that allow me to connect the camera to the telescope. The t-ring (top pic, left) is made for Canon ...
by NotRappaport
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Simon, on page 89 of this thread you mentioned that 'Barbie' had told you that... ...it's not so difficult to capture the ISS on film. All you need is some pretty standard, amateur photographic equipment - et voilà - you can snap fairly decent pictures of the ISS. In your e-mail exchanges, did she ...
by NotRappaport
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Well, as the epoch updates on Heavens Above, the November 16 path diverges further away from the bright star, Castor, I was hoping to use as a guide of where to center the view. To illustrate how big the telescope's field of view is, I've placed a tiny GREEN rectangle in the picture above Castor. ht...
by NotRappaport
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

One question for you. Say that indeed you are able to capture this object in your viewfinder. What does it prove to you, other than "there is an object" ? Well, proving there is an object, and something about it's shape, is significant. Does it prove anything about the object's distance and size? Y...
by NotRappaport
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Coming up on November 16 it will be visible at magnitude -3.9, and also pass almost directly overhead here in the Bay Area, California - this is the point where I will try to get video (using the above settings and magnification) of it. Although its almost 9 days away and the exact flyby path is li...
by NotRappaport
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

But the epoch data just tell you where the object will be at a given time. But nothing about its attitude relative to the observer, and that's a key parameter. It's orientation, or "attitude", seems to be kept generally constant, with the x-axis pointing along the velocity vector and the z-axis per...
by NotRappaport
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

the brightness of such an irregular object, whose orientation is not easily ascertained, would be extremely hard to predict. Apparently all location, orientation, and path predictions by Heavens Above are based off the current "epoch" data, which is updated each day and shown on the ISS Orbit link....
by NotRappaport
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

taking a closer look at the chart I see that there is a direct correlation between the "highest point" and the brightness, and this does seem consistent when viewing the same sighting at different points along the same longitude so the answer would be that the ISS appears dimmer when it is farther ...
by NotRappaport
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Apollo, and more space hoaxes
Topic: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$
Replies: 1556
Views: 1499934

Re: Fakery in Orbit: THE I$$

Nonrappaport, As much as I am eager to see your photograph of this object, were to you to somehow fail to make good on that 1/4th of a second window to take a picture, please do not neglect to observe the object through some kind of telescope or binoculars so that you may give us testimony as to wh...