Re: Admin: policy for reporting high resolution ground-based imageryof Earth satellites

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Thu Aug 12 2010 - 10:26:54 UTC

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    I have to add this:
    I think it's for a healthy mind not difficult to determine
    reliability or/and reality of someones work;
    I remeber a case several years ago in which someone suggested to have
    captured many secret space structures. Just one look at his (suggested)
    ISS images was sufficient; his ISS images did even not show the largest
    modules or solar panels resolved. In a case like this it's more then
    reasonable to argument his images of small satellites are not realistic.
    Please folks, let us keep realistic and follow some common sense
    to not force someone who is 'pushing the envelope' reducing or 
    even stop posting his work.
    Best regards,
    Ralf Vandebergh
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Ralf Vandebergh 
      To: SeeSat 
      Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:21 AM
      Subject: Re: Admin: policy for reporting high resolution ground-based imageryof Earth satellites
      I would go so far as to say it is a requirement to always provide
      > raw frames. That way, others can do their own processing. This
      > has multiple benefits.
      Although I have no problems myself to provide raw data in cases when
      something looks questionable, I think setting this as a requirement 
      will not lead to a free atmosphere and great stimulation posting the 
      imagery on the list at all, especially because most photographers are 
      amateurs and do this not for living.  Honestly, even in a more 
      professional environment we should respect when someone decides to 
      keep raw data or even imaging data internal and not provide it to the 
      public; researchers and students sometimes work on projects concerning 
      development of optical imaging and image processing techniques for 
      thesis or scientific publications were it is highly recommended to not 
      publish an a list. 
      Best regards,
      Ralf Vandebergh
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