61874Re: [ccd-newastro] Health Alert
- Apr 1, 2008Cute Ron!!
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Subject: [ccd-newastro] Health Alert
Washington DC April 1 (AP) United States Surgeon General and head of the
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr
announced that effective immediately new restrictions have been put in
place to protect amateur astronomers.
"Squinting at the eyepiece has become a major national health issue,"
Dr. Holsinger announced. Citing recent research which shows that CCD
imagers have 1,231% fewer eye problems that amateurs who use their
optical organs for viewing of the night sky, and alluding to additional
studies which show clearly that the human eye is infrequently capable of
exposures longer than 1/30th of a second, the Surgeon General put into
place sweeping reforms that will affect huge numbers of amateur astronomers.
The new regulations specify that eyepieces, when used in a public
setting, must have eye relief of at least three feet. Eyepieces with
focal lengths shorter than 9999mm will not be allowed. "To achieve
significant magnification," the Surgeon General said, "amateurs must
apply for a license to purchase at the very least some kind of web cam."
Questioned on the need for processing skills to handle the gynormous
amounts of data that will be collected by visual imagers expected to
turn in droves to webcams, DSLRs and CCD imagers, the Surgeon General
was evasive. "They'll figure it out," he was heard to mutter as he threw
up his hands and refused to answer any additional questions.
Market forces kicked into gear immediately following the Surgeon
General's announcement. An unnamed but highly sauced source noted that
there were presumably leaks from the Vice President's office to key
manufacturers in advance of the public announcements. Major
manufacturers, including SBEG, FLY, Synergee, and others announced CCD
cameras at mass-market prices, from $1.95 to $4.95. Pleas for price
relief on existing $10,000 CCD cameras are expected, but the Congress
has signaled no interest in providing relief for the small numbers of
CCD imagers caught in the price squeeze.
For more information, please check the date of this press release.
Surgeon General's Office,
Public Relations Dept.
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