Sly Sparkane


Contacted via a reply on his latest youtube video as no email contact available

Sly Sparkane’s reply to the invitation

Jan 14, 2019

John… While I always admire those who actually go out and do the work.. I was not able to find the Goal of your experiments on your site..  Ultimately it sounds like an “I see it” test which sincerely is of no good to anyone and does not have much use to anyone.. if you were to do this in such a way that you were closer to the shore and making marker measurements from the water to the laser.. THAT would be quite useful l.. but even then, as the distance increases, can have varying results due to refraction which if not properly analyzed can create some misleading conclusions.

Jan 14, 2019

@Sly Sparkane Thank you for your reply Sly – my apologies, I do not know whether this is your first name.

I would like the opportunity to email you the pdf, if you would be so kind, as it lays out the aim, method and equipment very clearly (while we deal with website bugs!).  This will let you form a clear opinion on whether the method will allow the aim of the experiment to be achieved.

The goal of the experiment is the “Aim” and is: “Can a light source horizontal (or close to horizontal) to the ground and no more than 1 metre above tide level, be observed 15.3 km away over the sea in the evening, by a camera horizontal (or close to horizontal) to the ground and no more than 1 metre above tide level?”

From this point we will then take the community through the scientific principles involved, keeping everything clear, understandable and transparent for all involved.  I appreciate many people interested in this field, do not have a strong scientific background, so I see my role as facilitator in this process.

As the interested people come from a range of diverse backgrounds, starting with a simple experiment, which is carried out using a suitable method, which anyone can come and observe and use for themselves is the first step.  The experiment has purposely been designed to be a “see it” or “don’t see it” empirical based observation test.  It has been devised to be a simple and clear and will produce valid results from which to base further discussion on, that everyone will be able to understand, namely the profile of the sea over 15.3 km.  Nothing more complicated than this is required at present, for people to get involved – otherwise I would be failing at my role as a facilitator and potentially causing unnecessarily complication, leading to misunderstanding.

Over the next few weeks the method and scientific principles will be discussed on the website forum, for all to engage in this transparent, community-based experiment.

Once this experiment is completed and the whole community has a strong grasp of the fundamentals and are comfortable with the scientific principles, then we will increase the range of the experiment.

As you know from my youtube channel, through my work, I have a strong understanding of refraction and have presented some “interesting” photographs of the process occurring and have explained the scientific principles behind the process of refraction occurring over the sea in the evening / night (in a temperate region), under everyday, normal, non-specialised conditions at certain elevations above tide level.  This understanding has been put to good use in planning this experiment – the other empirical measurements that will be taken during the experiment are:

The temperature of the water will be measured, In the water, then at 50, 100, 150 and 200 cm above the tide level.

The relative humidity will be measured at tide level, then at 50, 100, 150 and 200 cm above the tide level.

This empirical data will determine whether there is an atmospheric density gradient on the night in between 0 – 2 meters above tide level and if there is one, which direction the gradient is in.  This will then clearly indicate, supported by the videoed observations, whether refraction of the light from the torches and lasers will be occurring between 0 – 2 metres above tide level and in which direction.  The experiment, as you can appreciate, has been purposely designed to keep it simple and within tight set parameters (0 – 2 meters above tide level), to eliminate any chance of misleading conclusions – empirical science at its best.  This will also allow the experiment to be repeatable and reproducible by anyone else.

I hope you will permit me to email you the aim/equipment/method pdf, whilst the website bugs are sorted once and for all and I’m sure the whole community would appreciate your participation in this transparent, empirical, objective experiment, which it is my hope will be just the first of many.

Kind regards

Dr John


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