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    GIMBAL Video: Simulating the ATFLIR Tracking and Gimbal Rotation

    The system tries to minimize turns of the outer gimbals, as they are heavy, vibration-inducing, and inaccurate. So most of the time it relies on the inner gimbaled mirrors to point the line of sight. It can't avoid some turns close to 0°, but the algorithm it uses to decide when to do this is...
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    Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire

    I don't think there is a consensus.
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    Claim: Man took photo of an alien spacecraft in 2016

    That's a re-upload of a fake video from Germany that was posted in 2013. Discussion of that video split to: https://www.metabunk.org/threads/reutlingen-fake-ufo-video-2013.11388/
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    Reutlingen Fake UFO Video 2013

    This is the oldest and best quality copy I've found: Uploaded Dec 6 2013 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suBp3ai-xG8&feature=youtu.be
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    Reutlingen Fake UFO Video 2013

    Rough match. 48.478734649°, 9.149378293°
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    Reutlingen Fake UFO Video 2013

    It's an old hoax video. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI8GM7NLW8I https://web.archive.org/web/20140719213946/http://tu.tv/usuario/alekos20 Real UFO with Aliens Manning It - Dec 6, 2013 Location: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
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    San Diego Silver Sphere Videoed By Rick Ybarra, 2014

    I don't know if those are originals. The EXIF suggests they were converted from .NEF to .JPG using Lightroom. Here's the two in-focus shots side by side for comparison. (Exposure matched by brightening the right image) There is still nothing to suggest it's not a balloon.
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    San Diego Silver Sphere Videoed By Rick Ybarra, 2014

    There's no good reason to suspect that is not a balloon.
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    GIMBAL Video: Simulating the ATFLIR Tracking and Gimbal Rotation

    Interesting. Is the movement of the glare image linked to the pod though? Seems like the pod rotation is more continuous. I've just started playing the with Blender again, trying to get some virtual versions of my backyard experiments
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    Gettysburg 'ghosts’ run across road [Windscreen smudge]

    That's what we in the trade call "bird poop on the windshield". https://www.metabunk.org/data/video/40/40937-afda07c2aab6a38bb0c64774fb9d5dc7.mp4
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    San Diego Silver Sphere Videoed By Rick Ybarra, 2014

    That's very interesting, and useful. I was not even aware of this. With my own camera (Canon 7D, first generation), looking for that number, I discover it gives a range. | | | | FocusDistanceUpper = 378 | | | | FocusDistanceLower = 286 Which is in CM, 2.86 to 3.78m this example is at F/32...
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    Judging Size and Distance of Unidentified Objects

    Your point was "It might also be reasonable to think it could be titled GO FAST because the object is going fast. " But it isn't going fast, so that's not reasonable.
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    Judging Size and Distance of Unidentified Objects

    TTSA, Fravor, the media, the two "experts" on Unidentified, Tom DeLonge, the New York Times. I think the title of the video "GO FAST" very likely indicates that it's a training video, used precisely because it gives this strong illusion of speed. The audio on the video seems to indicate the...
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    Judging Size and Distance of Unidentified Objects

    How about this? Object moving over the water? Camera moving? Both? Can't tell?
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