Re: checking out list

From: Denise Moser (
Date: Wed Jun 08 2011 - 00:58:03 UTC

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    There is a long standing tension in astronomy, in particular,
    astrophotography, between "pretty pictures" and "doing science". I
    appreciate them both. There is a place for both.  And there are places where
    they intersect.
    When they intersect in this place, the "doing science" rules obviously take
    precedence. Part of "doing science" involves standards: reporting that is
    efficient, understandable and replicable.  Or none of us can learn and
    participate more.
    The rules for high resolution data will evolve as participants help develop
    improved techniques and best practice, including reporting standards. This
    will improve interpretation and meaning for the claims and purportations of
    the posters so those of us less knowledgeable and skilled can better
    understand what it is we are reading and seeing.  And maybe try some it of
    And thanks to Ted for keeping this list both spam free and on target for
    Kansas City, Mo.
    On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Thomas Goodey <>wrote:
    > On 7 Jun 2011 at 17:08, Derek C Breit wrote:
    > > Science is the goal
    > At the risk of seeming pedantic, I don't think this activity of
    > observing and photographing satellites is really science, because it
    > does not consist of discovering new truths about the natural world,
    > but rather of observing and analyzing man-made objects. However the
    > desire for accuracy and for avoiding self-deception is the same as
    > the basic sine-qua-non of good science. Thus there is a lot in
    > common.
    > Thomas Goodey
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    > In the beginning God created
    > Man. Dissatisfied on inspection
    > of His creature, He exclaimed
    > "No, I can do better than that!"
    > Whereupon He created Woman.
    >                          Robert Heinlein
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