A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Fleming
Date: 2016 Aug 28, 07:12 -0700
Since there have been so few replies, I'll try, even though I really don't have any answers, just questions.
From the parachute scale I would estimate the height of the capsule as order of 100 ft, assuming capsule is short of horizon, but that has no CN interest.
Don't know how far the horizon is without height of eye but it is order of miles.
What I find unusual is the raggedness of the horizon. I've seen ragged horizon for cold air on a warm sea, but then it appeared with the naked eye like an array of christmas trees ie pine trees randomly distributed. This horizon looks more like a knife edge that has chunks taken out of it. I don't believe that is do to wave action since looking at such a glancing angle at the sea surface the horizon should consist of wave tops taken over a narrow band of distances again several miles away.
I'm left to grasp at refraction effects through air cells that fluctuate. The snapshot capturing the fluctuations which apparently ( for this explanation to have any hope) the eye does not see.
Frank, please enlighten.