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Still Anything that could be done against Global Warming?

Recent temperature anomalies, increasing numbers and intensities of storms, floodings and droughts...; much is speaking for a severe change of the climate on earth within an alarmingly short time. Now it appears not anymore to be a 'normal' or 'overviewable' development. There are signs of a potentially escalating situation. We have to fear the worst because nobody can stop the additional methane gas coming faster and faster out of perma frost regions and seabeds. Not in a hundred years from now, but rather within a couple of years. Not the majority of academic geo science related researchers is saying it, yet, in so very urgent words. Though, in the meantime, more and more warning voices are coming up. No scientist of the past had that historic opportunity to study on the extinction of major species on earth while it is happening. Somehow, everything seems to turn into a vast kind of live-lab experiment with more and more scientists and media involved. Not all coming from the natural sciences. Global Warming raises a lot of legal and political questions, too. Decades of environmental research work have been paid by us, the people who were actually helping to create that bizarre situation on our planet. Conclusion: We all work(ed) hard for a) the expanding destabilization of our natural environments, including the atmosphere, and b) for studying and documenting that process in plain detail. Research on desintegrating life zones pulls a lot of media interest... If there is a 'stop button' for the doom, where is it?

A five year old could ask these questions: "Why are no photovoltaic layers on the electric cars, yet, to assist recharging the batteries? Why are no simple funnel based windenergy generators on our roofs which could use high and low speeds of the wind at low price and noise. Why not growing food in the garden? Why not flying around in electric sailplanes? Why not using wood or cellulose based materials instead of oil based plastics? Why are no solar cells on the streets and walls? Why is not more time for active sports and games and music, for cooking and baking at home? Why are there so many missiles and bombs? Why is so much mobbing and unkindness? Why is so much pollution and unhealthy food? Why is so much poverty and persecution? ...Yes, a child could analyse many fundamental mistakes of our civilization.

Organic photovoltaics could be normally solving one of the key issues because versions of that technology could become cheap, in the near future. So far, it does not appear so very often in our daily products. Just here or there, in small things like certain smartphones or bags or so. The rear side of smartphones should be photovoltaic. Is it actually necessary to say that? Not only garden lights should self charge in sunlight. Solar energy could address so many applications. I'm not saying to make them all without a cable. However, most electronic products should be photovoltaic chargingBased on the fact that most cars are parking or driving partly in daylight, we are throwing away that amazing portion of up to 30 clean free kilometers per day or so. Many have silicium based solar panels on their home roofs but why do we not see all those huge skyscrapers wrapped in silicium or coated with organic photovoltaic layers? 

Once, we were told that a significant rise of the sea level could happen, in, maybe, 500 years or so, but now the severe weather is haunting us. We have seen it coming, but, yet we're burning stuff as usual. Many people have great ideas, but the breakthrough is hindered by a distorted understanding of how a blue planet like this one actually works. We became a race of habitual mortal short term thinkers who like fast cars and fast food. Still, some people claim that it's not all coming just from mankind's Carbon Emissions, or that it is mainly the solar factor changing the climate etc.. Shouldn't we stop loosing costly time with that kind of discussion? More important at the moment: Can we have an airconditioner for planet Earth? We need one!

The utopia A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES describes a fairly crazy sounding fictional concept. The protagonists/adventurers learn that the Great Pyramid of Giza had been secretly identified as a gigantic shooting device, a thermodynamic system of gas ex
plosion chambers to eject liquefied - then gaseous - gold so fast and so high that it can reach or surpass top layers of the atmosphere, high enough to cover great parts of the earth with gold particles, just like a gigantic confetti rain or so. That was my initial fantasy for a (Christian faith based) adventure story. But the longer I was pulled into that topic the more I had to wonder "could it even be true?".

And now something interesting happened:


A leading Professor for thermodynamics from a reknown German university has roughly calculated the neccessary pressure to up to 3500 Bar, in the King's Chamber, for escalating a 10kg liquid Gold mass to fly into space, pushed through the northern and southern so called "Air Shafts". Generating that energy, in form of sudden pressure, can be probably achieved by the reacting sled-piston-compressed gas mix from the so called "Grand Gallery". The "King's Chamber" is solid enough to withstand a far higher pressure. Thus, it could push far higher masses high enough to distribute them by jet streams and the coriolis effect to the northern and southern skies and countries! Only, the three massive bulkheads, likely to be built from stainless steel, will limit the maximum pressure in that chamber, due to their rails which will have to be anchored in the granite grooves (already carved in by the ancient masons, partly damaged but repairable). This critical valve system will be defining how much pressure the red granite block lined "King's Chamber" can take, repeatedly, and how far the gold gas can fly in the slipstream (probably behind a leading nose of ceramics keeping the golden gas on track).


Gold is very effectively covering large surfaces with surprisingly low masses, so that an extremely thinly gilded surface can reflect high amounts of infrared radiation. A gold coin is enough to gild a full size sculpture of a rider and his horse. We need of course not a fully closed gold coat of the earth's surface. Just a transparent veil of gold particles is enough. That cloud of gold could be orbiting the planet and then be falling back down, partly on dry land. There it remains as an active reflector, as long as it occurs in the highest layer of the dry earth.
The air friction at such multiple super sonic speeds will heat up the liquid material, so that it turns into gaseous state trapped in the slipstream. Every single gold atom, in the low orbit, in the atmosphere, or on the ground, will help to fight Global Warming whilst increasing the infrared reflectivity of our planet!

Can the Great Pyramid, made of seamlessly set 2.5 Million tons of stone blocks, take such a high pressure in her red granite block armored King's Chamber, to propel the instantly liquifying Gold so high into the sky? Perhaps, daily, during the coming decades or even centuries? Can she distribute the gaseous gold towards the northern and the southern hemisphere, reaching out to cover much of the globe with a super thin layer, reflecting more and more portions of the infrared radiation of the sun? Could that ancient enigmatic building been meant to halt the terrible dynamics of Global Warming caused by our industrial societies? Could it give us enough time to reorganize, and to remove mankind's economic think barriers? Can that extraordinary gift of stone, coming from such a deep ancient past, finally help to initiate international peace and charity, more partnerships and understanding, reforestation, sharing food and water, and can we eventually find out that the big values of life are not produced by industries, ideologies or idols? Can we learn to control our non linear rising population numbers and rediscover the benefits of decentralized family and village life? Or should we go on paying our richest people, maybe, one day, to see them stepping aboard a spacecraft to another star's planet, reaching it many generations later for consuming that new one in the same way as they did it with the earth?

Isaiah, a prophet of the Old Testament, had announced an 'Altar of Stone', important enough to become a 'Witness and a Sign of the Lord of Hosts' in an unknown future (seen from his position in time). That "Altar" shall be located in the 'midst of the Land of Egypt' and 'at its border'. 'Border' translates into "Giza", the frontier point between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt.

Will A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES remain science fiction or could it even be?
Could the Great Pyramid of Giza become the last way out to halt Global Warming, nearby mitigating those notorious warmongering attitudes of certain nations, finally helping their leaders to see and feel how costly our gift of nature and life actually is, before everything fades? Has the 7th World Wonder that stands unalterable in Giza/Egypt been waiting for so long to bail out mankind? ...Inviting us to invest (or 'sacrifice') into a future of life, and can we fix that ancient prophetic monument to let it embrace our yet blue planet with its miraculous arms of gold?

Yes, as it looks, we can still do something against Global Warming. But, it will require to get humble and kind, wondering, and looking up to the sky.

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...“You really think, it can stand many firing processes?”

Most certainly! The opening of the original northern megalithic access gate will allow to close the old access from the middle age which will have to be walled up. The pyramid will be ventilated through the shafts, just like half open valves. Maybe, the operation has to be maintained on a daily basis, for years, perhaps for decades or longer, to get up the IR shield covering our planet. The heavy gold atoms will fall back down, after some time. Now and then, they may collide with other particles, gradually reducing their initial kinetic energy. The more the orbital gold concentration accumulates, the bigger will be the rate of particle collision. After certain periods of time, Earth shall receive all her gold back again. It will be released into the rivers and streams. It will blend with the soil of the surface and solute in the oceans. With yet unknown technologies, it can certainly be recovered in the future, or simply washed out of the river beds. The gold will increase the overall reflection of infrared radiation for some time, as long as it occurs facing skyward. This is an important aspect to understand the Great Pyramid. She also sprinkles gold on the ground, not only in the skies! It's not just about a sky of gold, but also a rain of gold, literally speaking!”

Hmm..., as long as the gold lives in vaults or safes, it's of course not fighting global warming at all...”

Right, Sarah!”

Certainly, huge amounts of gold will be needed, to build up that shield, and to maintain it,” she mused. “Where do you get all these loads of gold from? Who would ever want to donate so much gold, just for shooting it into space?”

Honey, it's about survival on the planet! They'll have no other choice, then,” Elijah shortened, sounding a bit like a bored teacher...

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Hello Vivian!

Thanks so much for your email and the great work you are doing!
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Jason Kessler  / Executive

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International Astronomical Union
 
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Hi Vivian,

Congratulation on the Hot Products. 

Thank you for producing a great telescope.  I could tell from your early designs that you would eventually make a real winner.
I appreciate that someone finally came up with a truly portable telescope. 
Thank you for your kind words in your "about" section.

I recently built a very simple style flying telescope by taking as many part from a classic Dobsonian and putting it in a carry on home built case. 
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take care and best wishes

Greg Babcock
From First Sight to First Light - A new Love Affair for Astronomers?


Firstly may I say thank you for sharing your wonderful telescope design with us. It was an absorbing and uplifting experience for us both!
As you know Brian and I have strong connections with astronomy through Cambridge Astronomical Association and through our own life interest.
We are both passionate and deeply committed to our subject.
Also we both regularly make and use telescopes of all types – from those found in professional observatories to some of the finest amateur instruments available.

Our CAA connections also make us most aware of the needs and issues faced by those beginning astronomy and of those who choose to pursue
astronomy at a semi professional level.

With this experience in mind I can say that I have never seen such an elegant and technically sophisticated solution to Newtonian telescope manufacture as you have achieved with this latest creation. I have personally researched the leading edge of amateur designs over many years.
I know this is where technical excellence and innovation is often to be found. Based on this research I believe you have a superior instrument which is at vanguard of present possibilities given the technology available.

You are to be greatly congratulated. It is a superbly practical piece of art and also a fantastic scientific instrument. So as we say in England – I take my hat of to you!

We were greatly impressed by the following features:

The elegant and simple minimalist construction techniques
The appropriate use of modern technology
Excellent potential for scalability of size
The extraordinary and beautiful aesthetics of the design
A wonderfully low overall weight
Fantastic build and optical quality
The extreme elegance of the design geometry

I believe real practical benefits for owners of this telescope will result
Including:

Superb ease of use (the scope you use most is the easiest one to use!)
Fantastic portability. This is critically important to modern Astronomers  
Wonderfully low weight. No problem for air travel to dark skies here
Simple to assemble and easy to use. This scope welcomes the newcomer!!!
Large aperture. For extreme versatility and deep sky capability
Fits the modern lifestyle. Easy storage and transport, used by all the family

In conclusion let me say you have made a thing of great beauty in this instrument. It has beauty of purpose and of construction. You will know that
astronomers often fall somewhat in love with the instruments that connect them so fundamentally with the Universe. Keen observers own many scopes
and are eager to share their knowledge with others. They consider this a wonderful if not beautiful experience. In this sense you have a product which
is easy to love. I predict this product will have passionate Champions!

I hope you are able to protect your design and find in this special place which is Cambridge those who can help you bring this design to the market.
Those who do help will help not only you, but generations of astronomers to come. Those who understand their shared duty in helping humankind
know our wonderful planet and its greater place in the space environment.

From our life experience, including many years in design and manufacture, we know that there is a long way to go before you can sell the scope
commercially. Your determination so far, working with limited resources, shows you have the passion and will to succeed.

If there is any way in which I can further assist your endeavours please let me know and I will do all I can to make help available.

To further indicate the level of belief I have in your future success please let me be the first to order one of you production telescopes when they become available. 

Again many thanks and our very best regards,

Barry Crellin ( and on behalf of Brian Lister)

Cambridge Astronomical Association

"... I am amazed at how stable the scope is for such a lightweight structure.
Vibrations damp very quickly after movement, and collimation holds effectively.
My only concern is that azimuth motion is slightly sticky with the additional
counterbalance. I may need to add some lubrication to the azimuth surface.
The optics are very good. I have had excellent images even in fairly bright
suburban skies. I look forward to taking it to a truly dark site. Coma is
minimal despite the fast focal ratio. I have not need to use a Paracorr yet.
Setup and takedown are becoming very easy now that I have had practice. 

I must congratulate you on the brilliant design. My observing companions are going to
be very impressed when I show up at the next star party with this scope in the
backpack. Based only on some e-mail discussions, I have already been asked to
write a short article about it for the Minnesota Astronomical Society newsletter
this fall. 
Overall, I am very impressed with the instrument. You have done an excellent
job designing and building it.
Cort

Cort Sylvester / Minneapolis - Minnesota USA

Vivian,

I just got back from the Winter Star Party 2010 in Florida and using the Mountain 12".  My simple summary is fantastic, excellent, superb.  I had the best time using this scope and found its performance to be outstanding.  I assumed with a travel scope this light and simple, there would be compromises and performance would be tolerable to trade off on its transportability.  It turned out to be much, much better than just tolerable.  It performed really well and was so much fun.  I will write up a full impression later and send it to you and am planning to do a review for Cloudy Nights if that is OK with you. 

I had no problem with the pole assembly and everything else worked perfectly.  Easy to put together and take apart after I had done it once.  I used the Ethos 8, 13, 17 and they were perfect.  Very easy to travel with.  

If the 16 works as good as the 12, then I will be so pleased.  

Doug

Doug Dolginow, Maryland USA  
I was amazed how stable it was in the wind. It hardly wiggled at all...

The scope has really proved itself and I am very happy with it! Again, thanks so much for all your help and understanding. You have made this 70 year old lady very happy.

Susan Girard, Hawaii USA    Member of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society
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