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  1. I

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    ...(note that the field-of-view is probably less than a degree, and the object is even smaller). Try this with your car if you like: put a small dot on the window screen and see if you can keep this dot in between you and an outside object while driving. 2. The camera is focused on the far field...
  2. Buckaroo

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    No. We're not talking about just one or two discreet scratches or imperfections. The situation is more like taking a piece of fine sandpaper and abrading the entire surface. But we don't even need the surface to be degraded that badly, or at all. All optical systems will be plagued by some...
  3. James Thorpe

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    That little dot, is the pipper and it is a part of the MFD display, it shows the objects position relative to the direction the aircraft is flying in. It agrees with the angle measurement as shown at the top of the MFD.
  4. igoddard

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    Pretty much, yes. Using the head gives people a sense of 'what it's like relative to my experience'.
  5. DasKleineTeilchen

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    what is that little dot in the left upper corner, which is slowly wandering to the middle-top of the frame? is that a star? could be good as reference-point. edit/ never mind; it doesnt jump when the sensor does, maybe an internal flare.
  6. deirdre

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    re you trying to show they (looking through real eyes) would never be able to find a tiny dot of an object in a big blue sky?
  7. Mick West

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    Here's an illustration of the type of thing we are looking at. It was basically invisible to the naked eye. The naked eye view was just with the viewfinder magnification the same as naked eye. It does not represent human eye FOV, just human eye magnification. At actual wide angle, it's more...
  8. Tom Churchill

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    ...but gives us a turn rate of about 1.95 degrees / second. You can use a circle of this radius to plot lines of bearing 2) The small dot which moves from left to right in a circular motion is almost certainly a "North Indicator". This is also consistent with the above (and with the video...
  9. Mick West

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    ...lines from the eyes. In reality the line would almost always diverge, so it's simplest to approximate the human visual system as a single camera. However I'm not really clear what you are tying to show? That the plane would be a tiny dot to the naked eye? I posted some example photos upthread:
  10. Mick West

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    Ha, I was typing the exact same stuff simultaneously. I got a smaller angle though. I think your measurements are a bit off, as if I resize the image to 464px then the longest dimension of the apparent object is (generously) 34 pixels not 42.
  11. L

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    ...longest width: 42px Percentage of view: 9.1% Relative size of object: 0.069° or 4.1 arc minutes 20/20 vision is defined as being able to resolve 1 arc minute. So to the naked eye this thing is a tiny dot, rotation would be barely observable and certainly not enough to cause such exclamation.
  12. I

    NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object

    ...have to agree with others on the white ball you see in the video. Playing DCS A-10 simulator on the PC, which is somewhat realistic, the white dot indicates where you are in relation to whatever you have locked-on with your targeting pod, so the moment it appears in the center as you are...
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