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Re: The Rod

From: Greg St.Pierre <StrmNut@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 17:00:10 EDT
Fwd Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 15:44:37 -0400
Subject: Re: The Rod

>Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 23:17:27 -0700 (PDT)
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
>Subject: The Rod >>

Dear Jim,

I am by no means a "rod expert", but I've tried the video
technique you're referring too, and have some results and
thoughts of my own.

In Jan. '97, I bought a video camera for the express purpose of
trying to catch some of these things on tape, if they were
actually there. My first attempt was only 25 seconds long,
because I had to leave, and was sans tripod. Later I reviewed
the tape,and though it was shaky I did see a few seemingly
distant streaks, and couldn't wait to try it again. Next time, I
filmed (on a tripod) from an open garage door for an hour, and
got some really interesting stuff. I froze my posterior while
doing so, because it was ten degrees above zero.Then I realized
that the temperature was working to my advantage, since most
insects become dormant (some die) at that temp, and that would
seem to preclude any taped objects being bugs. Also, I chose a
partially cloud filled sky, to show perspective, especially if
one of these things flew behind one (several did). I used
partial zoom with focus to infinity. That would also seem to
rule out any dust near the camera lens being filmed, since they
could not be in focus. The obects I taped are pretty well
defined, to the extent my cameras resolution allowed.

I still have mixed feelings about this, because not all the
things have been done that are necessary to eliminate other
possibilities. I'd like to try setting up TWO cameras at some
distance apart, aimed at the same portion of sky. If a "rod"
shows up on one but not the other, the object's distance would
fall somewhere before where the two camera angles intercept,
i.e. close to the camera, not distant in the sky, and so
probably dust or some airborne critter. If anyone has tried
this, I'd like to know the results....I'm not likely to get
another camera soon. I have seen bugs I've caught on tape that
look a lot like rods...appendages and all, hence the mixed
feelings. A single frame of tape captures several wingbeats, and
elongates the body of the insect. And I know they were insects
because I watched them fly by.

Just some thoughts....any more out there?