Friday, 7 April 2017

Credit Stealing

"A young man by the name of John Lenard Walson has discovered a new way to extend the capabilities of small telescopes and has been able to achieve optical resolutions - at almost the diffraction limit - not commonly achievable. With this new-found ability, he has proceeded to videotape, night and day, many strange and heretofore unseen objects in earth orbit. The resulting astrophotographic video footage has revealed a raft of machines, hardware, satellites, spacecraft and possibly space ships which otherwise appear as 'stars' ...if they appear at all."
One would think that such a "discovery" would have made big news in the amateur astronomy community. The reason this "discovery" is not big news is because it is not a "discovery" at all. Amateur astronomers have been using webcams for astronomical imaging for many years. Many obtain images that are resolving sub-arc second details when videos are obtained and images "stacked" using readily available software. So, the article is misleading in suggesting that Walson had made a discovery. All he was doing is taking credit for work done by others before him. The fact that Walson has no history other than this "discovery" indicates he is not an active amateur astronomer who contributes in any astronomical forum or this is not his real name.

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