Night Vision Video

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Jan 112011

 Night Vision Video

Late in the summer of 2010, I decided to get a decent night vision device and see if I could capture some of the events I was seeing. The results can be found on the Central Indiana CSETI Working Group Vimeo Channel. For those interested in technical details, I used an ATN NVM-14 Gen 3A monocular attached to a Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorder. It’s a compact unit and reasonably sturdy since it records to SDHC cards.

During our September 4, 2010 working group outing, I was trying out this new night vision video gear and caught some interesting events, including a number of streaks, some meteors, a whole sky flash, two “satellites” moving close together, a very big bright flash, and some dark shapes passing overhead which appear to be birds or bats. This video can be viewed here.

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, at 11:30 PM I went out on the back porch with my video camera equipped with night vision, held it in my lap and pointed it at the Dolphin constellation and Altair and just held it steady. Although I only saw a couple of flashes at the time, upon examination of the recording it turned out that I had captured a fifteen minute long flash sequence, with flashes every 3 to 4 seconds and moving slowly across the sky. This video is called Repeat Flash and can be viewed here.

On, Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 11:30 PM, I went out on the back porch without my video camera and saw a continuation of the flash sequence that I had captured on night vision video Sunday. It started about where the flashes in the video left off, and the craft was traveling in the same direction. It passed behind some thin clouds but continued to flash and move until blocked by some more opaque clouds. I thanked my friends for the beautiful and thoughtful gift.

During our working group outing on October 9, 2010, I recorded the amazing sequence of interactive flashes, where Nancy flashed twice with her laser and the ETs flashed back twice. This continued with a variety of flashes, some of which were amazingly bright. I have most of the sequence, except for the beginning, on night vision video. This video is called Double Flash and can be viewed here.

On December 14, 2010, I sat inside the sliding glass door on the south side of the house and recorded the Geminids meteor shower. At about 1:20 into the video there is a bright flash – a greeting from a friend. This video can be viewed here.