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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 1980
  • pp: 1745–1746

Photometric properties of an unidentified bright object seen off the coast of New Zealand: author's reply to comments

Bruce S. Maccabee  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 1745-1746 (1980)

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Original Manuscript: February 7, 1980
Published: June 1, 1980

Bruce S. Maccabee, "Photometric properties of an unidentified bright object seen off the coast of New Zealand: author's reply to comments," Appl. Opt. 19, 1745-1746 (1980)

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  1. B. S. Maccabee, Appl. Opt. 18, 2527 (1979). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. W. Ireland, M. K. Andrews, Appl. Opt. 18, 3889 (1979). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. B. S. Maccabee, “What Really Happened in New Zealand,” privately circulated (1979).
  4. W. Ireland, “Unfamiliar Observations of Lights in the Night Sky,” Physics and Engineering Laboratory Report 659, Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
  5. These are magnetic compass readings; the magnetic declination is 22° east.
  6. The first change corrects a mistake on the part of this investigator: the radar did not require 3 min to warm up after it was turned on because it was already in a warmed-up standby condition, a fact of which I was unaware until after publication of Refs. 1 and 3. The second change results from actual measurements of the radar sweep range. Previously the value had been only estimated.
  7. The angular extent of the radar blip reported by the captain was unusually large. Experiments with the same aircraft radar indicate that it can just barely detect individual fishing boats beyond 20 km or so. The associated blips look like small dots on the screen.
  8. This research has been supported in part by the Fund for UFO Research, Box 277, Mt. Rainier, Maryland 20822.

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