on Saturday whilst still to the east of the Dodman I was confronted by an armada of strange objects heading for me, golf ball antennas , wind turbines and a small wood (camouflaged stealth aircraft carrier perhaps?) .. they looked to be about 5 miles away.. after studying them through the bins it was apparent that they were objects from the top of the Lizard (Goonhilly etc) under the horizon about 30 miles away. Could it be that there was some sort of light magnification / bending going on cos it was very strange!
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Thread: weird view
07-05-12, 11:20 #1
07-05-12, 11:31 #2
Refraction is greatest when there is a big difference between sea and air temps, and most marked when the observed objects are on the observer's horizon, not his zenith.
As I did stand my watch upon the hill,
I look'd toward Birnam, and anon, methought,
The wood began to move.
Liar and slave!
Let me endure your wrath, if't be not so:
Within this three mile may you see it coming;
I say, a moving grove.
If thou speak'st false,
Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,
Till famine cling thee"
Macbeth didn't mix words, did he !I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.
07-05-12, 13:52 #3
Thought it was Dunsinane?'East Coast Pilot' at www.eastcoastpilot.com 4th Edition now available......
07-05-12, 13:57 #4
Trust the pricking of your thumbs, FC.
Birnam was the place of origin, Dunsinane the destination.I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.
07-05-12, 14:04 #5Registered User
Location : Edinburgh, Scotland
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On Sunday morning in the Firth of Forth we observed refraction phenomena which made several islands and rocks appear to be floating above the surface of the sea, ships to be much taller than the 'really' are and so on. These conditions lasted more than an hour. Not so terribly unusual in my experience, I have seen islands floating in the sky in the Hebrides on several occasions.Ken McCulloch
Rival 38 'Cherry Ripe'
07-05-12, 14:04 #6Having time is unavoidable.