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ZetaTalk: Visibility Factors
Note: written on Jun 15, 2001 during the 2001 sci.astro debates.

Starlight versus Brown Dwarf
Starlight is more than a highly intense pinpoint of light, it is light at the periphery, spreading outward from the center. The whole of this display is considered the star, expanding the size of the viewable object. The intensity of light spreading from the pinpoint that represents the actual star is also high, diminishing from the center rapidly, but nevertheless of a high intensity. Starlight viewed from Earth captures the center pinpoint and all light rays moving at an angle that can still be captured by the imaging device, be this the human eye or equipment. This greater viewing area makes distant stars appear larger than Planet X appears at the present time. Planet X emits light evenly from its surface, and being a lower magnitude than stars visible from Earth, light at the periphery disappears in the noise that dilutes and confuses equipment. Thus, its viewable size cannot compete with stars.
Infrared Sighting
When comparing the Magnitude of objects that can be viewed from Earth, our intent in the general-public statement made in 1995, we considered all visible light. The IRAS team went looking for Planet X in the early 1980's with infra-red because they understood that the spectrum was almost exclusively red, and thus the imaging equipment used by observatories would falter. Infra-red, of course, is a visible light to some of us, and there is some human equipment, night vision, that is attuned to this. Astronomy equipment, to sell, was designed to locate and image stars and planets reflecting sunlight. Are they not in the business, wishing to stay profitable? Infra-red equipment is in the hands of few, and very expensive, as it is not in general demand. It was built for observatories, upon demand, and the price tag reflected this. We, the Zetas, with our equipment, see Planet X from Earth is accordance with your math for a Magnitude 2.0 object. Should your equipment be calibrated to give an almost exclusively red object the same advantage that the predominant light spectrum from starlight gets, you'd see it.
Halo of Moons and Dust
As the story of Pluto's discovery tells, Moons can increase the size of a small object, creating the illusion of a larger object. Indeed, Planet X‘s Moons do not circle it while out in space and moving, but trail behind. They do not simply line up behind in a straight line, but twirl, moving about each other in the manner whirlwinds or tornadoes do. Thus, viewing Planet X from the front, as it approaches, one would see not only Planet X but a halo of moving Moons. In that Planet X also is surrounded by magnetic iron ore dust, there is reflection of light from this dust. When Planet X becomes visible from Earth, to those gazing up from their yards weeks ahead of the shift, it will be seen as a red object because of this dust. Light from Planet X is thus bounced from the dust cloud, creating the illusion of a larger red object approaching. Thus, those looking for Planet X are seeing more than Planet X in their sights. Until mid-year 2002, however, observatory scopes are needed because they are designed to exclude noise, and magnify. Each pixel becomes many, and large, so objects can be seen and not overlooked.
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