Critique: XENDRA dome / Anterel versus CSETI CE5 ET Contact … Sand Flats, Mt. Shasta used for weapons testing and psychotronic mind-control group experiments?

In 2018, a new disinformation campaign is being rolled out once again, and I feel the need to caution people about this.  To summarize: real contact with with actual ETs is a somewhat mundane affair, very similar to encountering a deer in the forest.  Dr. Greer reported that his first experience happened at age 18.  At first he thought the ET was a deer, standing on it’s hind legs, tapping him on the shoulder, and then he realized the being was of a different kind altogether (read the details in Forbidden Truth, Hidden Knowledge).  A second problem with this new disinformation campaign is that Sand Flats on Mt Shasta in California is the location that is getting a lot of attention.  CSETI has a great deal of experience with this location, and it is deemed to be no longer safe for CE5 because it has been used to harass and endanger people in the past.  During a 2004 CSETI training, the site was attacked by a plane with an electromagnetic weapon (see details at the bottom of this blog).  I believe the Sand Flats location is now being used to experiment on large groups with psychotronic technology.  They propose that a Xendra dome portal is being opened up, a ten foot ET in a hoody is coming through from another world.  The being, Anterel, speaks in a robotic voice.  People who are within 20 feet of Anterel are left dazed and confused.   This event has all the hallmarks of a staged event, with the added flavour of psychotronic technology experimenting on people.

No one needs to travel to “special locations” to have contact with actual ETs.  You can do this anywhere on the surface of the Earth. In 1999, at my very first CSETI meeting in Coquitlam, BC, Canada, a woman in the room told me that an ET had appeared in that same room during a meditation, a female, four feet tall, big round bald head, big blue eyes, very slim body with a typical tight-fitting suit.  At my first CE5 field experience, outside in the dark at a public park, during the meditation each of the five of us felt a slight brush touch between the eyebrows.  We just assumed that five mosquitoes had landed in the same place for each of us, then we went back to looking for ET craft in the night-sky.  Now we would have a different understanding — a trans-dimensional ET being was invisible but touched each of us at the third-eye chakra … attempting to open our powers of celestial vision, enabling us to eventually see subtle energies.

My current local CE5 group just uses the backyard in typical suburban neighborhood.  In winter, we sit in the living room with a great view of the town, surrounding  hills and lakes.  Everyone in the group experiences contact, even those who are new and join us for only one night.  One person in our group when alone, frequently has jagged zig zag energy appear in her home, floating in mid-air and then it usually follows her around for about 20 minutes.  She is unperturbed by this, and accepts it as a normal consequence of the monthly CE5 we have been doing since 2012.  Another person I began working with in 2011, frequently has energy signatures of ET groups meeting in her house as if it is a ‘cosmic’ rendez-vous point for them.  She can see their energy but they are often not that interested in interacting with her.  We consider the nature of these contacts to be mundane or normal.  Thus, the ‘stagecraft’ being reported in the recent Xendra stories is all the more disturbing.

I recently received this report, where Grant Cameron was enthused about the Paola Harris reports of meeting an ET, named Anterel in Sand Flats, Mt Shasta in 2014 and 2015 (starting at the 40 minute mark).

Jan 19, 2018:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndQwhhO7jSw

What puzzles me about Paola Harris’ report of her contacts in 2014 and 2015 was all the psychotronic or mind-control technology side effects:

  • She does not walk right up to the being and say: Hi, how are you?
  • Everyone keeps their distance, about 20 feet away. Why?
  • People behind her seem to lose sight of her, but she is still there.
  • The ten foot Anterel being is wearing a hoody. Why?
  • The being talks with a robotic voice.
  • She is confused and dazed by the experience, unsure about what to do.

From my point of view, given that it was a group of foreigners, most of them from South America, most of them not speaking English, I think this was a social engineering experiment. Any American would have called the nearest news organization. Given all the confusion of the people among those who tried to make contact at Sand Flats, I think they were lab rats in a psychotronic experiment. Mind-control equipment was being tested on them.  Just as Emery Smith (former Vice President of CSETI)  has recently stated in David Wilcock’s series “Cosmic Disclosure” …. to maintain secrecy on the subject, it has been standard procedure to dress someone up in an expensive ET suit, and then just scare the hell out of people https://www.gaia.com/series/cosmic-disclosure.  Is not contact with exotic ETs the next logical step in the evolution of disinformation?

Grant Cameron spoke about the Xendra Dome portal at Sand Flats, again on Feb 2, 2018 (at the 1 hour 36 minute mark).  He has interviewed 10 witnesses:

Feb. 2, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1s8LACiR0I

The mundane nature of ET contact at Sand Flats was described to me in 2009, and then I experienced it.  One of the CSETI training participants Mr. G. H. told me about his contact at Sand Flats with an actual  ET.   During a break at a previous training, he went out to the trees to pee, saw this fiery-light-ball come down, crashing through the trees, rolling along the floor of the forest.  A being that looked like Gonzo-the-muppet, rose up out of the ball.  It had a twig-shape for a nose.  It stood up, saw him peeing, then ran for cover behind a tree, peeking out the side.  This man tried to coax him out, but to no avail.  And yet, he felt that he was having contact.  Not much different than running into a deer?  Furthermore, the same story was told to Mr. P. who would like to add the following:

As for Mr. G. H’s experience – he shared it with me at Mt Shasta in 2010. When he told me, he had another detail. While that being was hiding behind the tree, he tried to connect with it telepathically. He asked, of course! Please come out so I can see you/meet you. Finally he got an answer “I am not allowed to interact”. But it gradually calmed down, and peeked out … that’s when he got a good look at its nose. That’s how we know it’s a totally real experience! The ET’s are often a wee bit scared of being too near us “rock apes”.

Sand Flats on Mt Shasta, CA was a favoured spot for ET contact but then human teams in SUVs engaged in a program of harassment which endangered people.  I was with Dr. Greer in August 2009, when he was ‘painted’ with a red laser (a sighting tool on a scope sight of a rifle). We moved the entire group to a new location down the mountain at 11 pm at night.  After that Dr. Greer was reluctant to return Sand Flats during the night but in 2012, we did return during the day.  As already stated, this is the same area that was previously ‘attacked’ by electromagnetic weapon in 2004.   Below, Mr. P reported another campaign of harassment and endangerment in 2010.

In 2009, when we had the red laser painting, I was permitted to use my night vision and turn on the infra-red spotlight — to surveil a car that had just entered the vicinity at 10:30 pm at night.  My mundane experience happened while looking at the car with the infra-red (IR) beam turned on, I saw a Hersey-kiss shape gently float down from the sky to the ground, lit up by my IR beam … it went into the ground just off to the side of the car.  Just then Dr. Greer stated, “An ET craft has just landed near the car.”  I believe he was looking through his own binoculars.  Through my night vision binoculars, it looked exactly like this photo below, followed by a stream of silent ‘firework’:

http://new.cseti.org/content/images/other/KDickmann-11.jpg

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Before anyone participates in these Xendra Dome portal events, I strongly recommend you check in with your intuition and determine if it is safe for you to do so.  To be successful, mind-control technology must create a dissociated state in your mind, and so confusion will be the most likely side effect.  A state of mind that I have never experienced at any CSETI training or any CE5 event.  Furthermore, I have never witnessed any other participant at these events experiencing confusion.  Clear-headed, calm, joyful, even a sense of the playful … these are the most common side effects of CE5 contact.


Mundane Reports: Actual ET sightings and human-initiated violence/harassment

2010 – Sand Flats, Mt Shasta, California USA – CSETI Training – Harassment, surveillance and threat of violence against Dr. Steven Greer

Mr. P reported … I can advise that I was at Mt Shasta 2010 with Dr G, and after a daytime visit to Sand Flats [where we saw a shimmering area under the trees he said was a craft – and couldn’t have been a heat shimmer in the shade – I saw it too] he agreed to a night session. While we were there – just Dr G, Mr. S, Mr. B, Ms. O. and me – I noted a rough looking white F150 pickup with wooden slat sides on the deck, parked quite close.

It was a great night, but we were visited by 4 black SUV’s with masses of aerials poking out. They came in convoy just after dark, we had only just set up and as they arrived, Dr G asked everyone to stay silent. He and Mr. S. stood up and used night scopes and I could overhear them describe the vehicles, which turned off a nearby side path and parked just out of sight in the trees. When they shut off their lights, after a short silence he carried on with the evening. At the very end of the night, he stood up and announced “That’s it, time to go” and instantly those SUV’s turned on their headlights and engines – we could all see that happen, and he again asked everyone to stay seated until he said to move. Lo and behold, all hell broke loose….

Firstly, they drove out on a path very close to use, but quietly enough…and as they did so, up in the sky but really close, to the left of the mountain in clear, crisp dry air…a HUUUGE grey triangle “Cloud” suddenly appeared. It was massive and Dr Greer pointed it out and said “That’s our protection”. It was astounding….an isosceles triangle of “Cloud”, cookie cutter perfect and probably 1000ft each side, it FILLED the sky. As he said that, the 5th vehicle came out of hiding…it was the same white F150 truck…and he did NOT go quietly. He revved up loudly and came right over beside us fishtailing the big V8 pickup really close to our chairs [on my side…]. Almost threw sand over us then he left. Dr G was visibly shaken, and he quickly rearranged the travel plans. He had come in with Ms. W. & Ms. B.; I had come up with Mr. S. driving, Mr. B. and Ms. O.. He ordered Mr. B. to swap and go with Ms. W.; he jumped in beside Mr. S.  and said GO! Ms. O. and I in the rear hung on for dear life as Mr. S. did a proper urgent “bug out” and went way too fast for my liking down that winding hill [to me, it added risk rather than reduced it, but what do I know].

Turns out that Dr G had ALSO been harassed on that road [same time as the red laser painting?] with a car coming up the hill trying to run them off the road. So all in all a very exciting night – and that’s when he really did not want to go back to Sand Flats at night.

2006 – Sedona, Arizona, USA … Dr. Sharon Forest

http://healnow-itstime.com/index.html

In 2006, Dr. Forrest was leading a healing group in her home in Sedona, AZ.  An ET ‘beamed’ in to the middle of the group, in physical 3D.  Everyone could see it.  One participant became so agitated she announced, “I’m leaving” — leaving immediately without packing her bags.  The ET being stayed for about 11 minutes, interacting with each person telepathically then it became invisible.  Dr. Forrest reports that she has been interacting with ETs for the purpose of healing people since the 1970s.  She often hears a clicking sound when they arrive.

2002 CE5 Training – Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

Mr. P reported …. During a break when we spent one evening up by the Zapata Falls carpark [CSETI 2002 Crestone, 49 participants] I went over to two ladies to chat, and started to see bright but small flashes of light around us and on their clothing. Various colours…red, green, blue and white. We all noticed this. Then I noted a strong, musty smell and commented on it. Neither of my companions could smell anything, and I realized it was anomalous. Smelled like mushrooms, very odd as we were in a very dry desert area with sand under our feet, no rotting vegetation etc, and it started suddenly. Somehow I was drawn to “follow this” and it directed me over through the circle of chairs and away from the small groups talking to each other. I distinctly recall stopping at Mr. B’ chair as he was still seated, and I asked him if he could smell anything. “No”, he could not, at this point the internal “pull” for me to go over to the small brick walled park information area was immense. I just HAD TO go over there and had no idea what was there. I quietly walked over, and just as I approached the small entrance to this low-brick wall, the hair on my neck stood up and I knew something was there. One more step forward and I could clearly see, standing on the other side of this circular area with two gaps in the low wall, a short, white being. It was about 2 & ½ feet tall, very skinny arms and legs, looking directly towards me with its left arm up on the bricks at its face level. I distinctly saw three fingers on those bricks. Its eyes were black and round; its skull was quite angular with a chiselled chin. As soon as I had realised what I was now looking at, the being dived away behind the low wall. That movement was very fast but it was right next to the wall. My instant impression was that it was rather frightened to be doing this. I had no fear whatsoever, it happened very quickly. Immediately I walked over to the place it had been standing and looked around but no sign of anything. The “mushroom” odour disappeared too. I sat down and mentally thanked this little being for what it had just done for me. Talk about a life changing experience.

Hey, if we do not share these experiences, why did we have them? I feel brave enough now. It has a higher purpose. I can almost feel my Irish Grandmother’s delight at me having actually had a meeting with “The little people!”. They’re real.

Mr. P has looked through images found on the Internet and reports that the being he saw was very similar to this image.  “… the being I saw although solid and 3D was slightly luminous.” In 2011, Mr. P showed me the position at the Zapata Falls lookout where he saw the being:

2002_Mr_P_similar ET being  Doug Zapata Falls Lookout 2011

2004 – Sand Flats, Mt Shasta, CA – CSETI Training – Electromagnetic Weapon Fired

The excerpt below is scanned from the book by Dr. Steven Greer Contact: Countdown to transformation. The CSETI Experience 1992-2009

“We have not been allowed to work on that site, even though we have tried.  A weird series of events happens to direct us to another site where a better energy is present.  Once the destructive energy of that Sand Flats event violated that point in space/time, the universal Being/ Consciousness apparently does not want us doing our work there any more.  It is very interesting” … Dr. Steven Greer (2009).

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As always, use your discernment. Cheers, Deb Warren

 

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Emery Smith “Cosmic Disclosure” with David Wilcock

Starting Dec 12, 2017, Emery Smith began disclosing to David Wilcock, his insider knowledge of cloning programs at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA … starting in 1991 followed by ten more years  in classified programs.  The first episode has been released on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpE7CC1zZiA

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As of Jan 2018, there are a total of 15 episodes to be released but you must create an account here to see them all (i.e. 99 cents for the first month):

https://www.gaia.com/series/cosmic-disclosure

I strongly you recommend that you consider a brief membership just to see this content.  I am personally not interested in any of the other content on Gaia TV.

April 17, 2018 Episode on Subterranean Secrets had been put on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDHNc_pJP_k



My message sent to many CE5 groups in Canada on Dec 28, 2017….

I attended six CSETI week-long training sessions with Emery Smith between 2009 and 2012.  I absolutely believe EVERYTHING he has to say.

This is what REAL UFO disclosure looks like … Emery Smith disclosing to David Wilcock.  If the citizens of the US can gain access to the Sandia National Laboratories, they can verify everything he has to say — this makes his testimony different than that from other insider/whistle-blowers.  Emery was in Greer’s movie Sirius in 2013 (which is now freely available … see link below) — he was the guy-with-the-gun in the movie, serving as personal security for Dr. Greer, but also as a Vice President on the Board of Directors for Greer’s CSETI organization..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C_-HLD21hA

Emery Smith is the one in the middle:

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He was also the guy who took the photo of the small ET light-being on the beach at Boca Grande, Florida, USA in 2010:

https://siriusdisclosure.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Light-Being.png

And he took these two photos, Wiltshire, UK (2010):

http://siriusdisclosure.com/all-evidence/bright-object-in-field-uk-july-2010/?portfolioCats=67%2C66%2C71%2C72

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http://siriusdisclosure.com/all-evidence/object-in-trees-uk-july-2010/?portfolioCats=67%2C66%2C71%2C72

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And he took this photo, Chateaubriant, France (2010):

http://siriusdisclosure.com/all-evidence/et-craft-france-july-2010/?portfolioCats=67%2C66%2C71%2C72

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And he took this photo, Boca Grande, Florida, USA (2010):

https://siriusdisclosure.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Boca-Light-Ribbon-Full-540×272.png

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And he took this photo, Marco Island, Florida, USA (April 2012):

https://ocseti.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/0f5fb-ce-5-expedition-marco-island-2011.png

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At 2011 CSETI training in Crestone, Colorado …. during meditation, Doug Parker (from New Zealand) had asked for a J shape in the sky … later, Emery got this image:

THE J Arrives Crestone - CO June2011

And also this photo of ET Craft rising at CSETI Crestone, Colorado training in 2011:

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March 19, 2018 – Jimmy Church Radio – Fade to Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2w1iCY84BE

Please consider sending financial support to the following PayPal link:

https://www.paypal.me/EmerySmith72

Thank you.

 

ET craft – in transdimensional from France 2010 CSETI training

This photo was taken by Emery Smith at the CSETI training in France (2010).  For some reason it was inserted at minute 5 in this Sirius Witness testimony.   The purple form floating above the corn field is the ET craft in a trans-dimensional form.  Emery would have seen the craft, or received some signal indicating that it was present, and then he would have taken the photo.  To my knowledge no one else saw this form when it appeared.

ET Craft_France 2010 CSETI training by Emery Smith

I was present at this training in Brittany, France (near Chateaubriant).  In July, on the continent, the sun is still setting at 9:30 pm.  Just as the sun was setting, I was staring at the same corn field with the trees in the background.  Suddenly, I saw six? diamond points of light shower down between us and the trees. I yelped, and a few others turned around to see the last few…. it was an ET craft coming in trans-dimensionally.  About 20 minutes later someone else yelped and in the same direction I saw what looked like a gray metal flag with a long white ribbon-like tail trailing behind, also coming down between us and the trees.  I assumed it was another ET craft, a gray disc that was going trans-dimensional but the reflective metal of the disc was still partially lit by the twilight, a few others saw it as well.  Both of these craft were coming in so fast that they must have been entering the ground, then re-emerging later, that was the reason for going trans-dimensional.

Dr. Greer was doing a puja ceremony on this night, and the ETs like to come in for the ceremony.  The implication is that this ceremony, a prayer for universal peace, may have originated off-planet long before humanity existed.  The ETs are always excited to see it happening and they like to join us.

Emery Smith has taken so many wonderful photos, I hope they will be released someday soon.

Cheers, Deb

Trans-dimensional Photographs [of ETs] from Emery Smith

Transdimensional Photography, AKA: TDP    By: Emery Smith    19March2012

NOTE from Deb:  Emery does regular meditations, including the mantra meditation of Dr. Greer.  His ‘connection’ to ETs is the foundation of his ability to get significant photographs.  Photographers should always be in a meditative trance and be ‘inviting’ the ETs to appear on their photographs.

First off, lets shut off all three-dimensional thinking. Turn on your multidimensional switch and pick up your digital SLR camera. That’s your first couple of steps. Follow this with awareness, you must be aware, be conscious. You probably thought the first thing I would be telling you is that you need to have your ISO set at 3200 or higher, well that’s later on, first we must turn on your setting to prepare you. The camera is just a conduit for the messages to come through, they could be put there in the photo, or from within the camera, or the camera could be used to help them bend light to get this message across, which in this case, is in the form of a photograph.

My name is Emery and I have been asked to write a protocol and give some helpful tips to what I call “Transdimensional Photography” or “TDP”. Our eyes capture about 24-30 frames a second when relayed to our brain. Have you ever seen a slow motion video, for most photographers they have, watching a bullet pierce an apple at 3000 feet per second, pretty extraordinary right. Well we could never see a bullet with our human eyes, but with technology we can slow it down and see it, imagine what else is out there that we don’t see because our eyes are just not engineered that way to see everything around us. Every MIT Professor know we have an even greater capability than that, which is public information, they have already developed a camera that captures one trillion frames per second. They say it is used for capturing photons in action, you know particles of energy in the form of light, and that is basically what we do in the field using our digital SLRs. I mention photons because a photon is particle of light and it is photons that are responsible for our images. Photon energy is also what is released when any or most encounters happen, this could be visually and non visually, and I will get into that in a moment, which is then recorded sometimes in your camera and on your photograph. I would also like to point out that photons are electromagnetic and emit frequencies. This being said, a high energy of light like gamma rays, x-rays, and ultraviolet rays cannot be seen by the eye without special filters or technology, but they still emit a very high amount energy from the photons. Than you have the visible spectrum red through violet, violet being the highest energy in the spectrum and red the lowest. We see many colors throughout the spectrum in our documented classified pictures, which also gives great significance to what is actually happening at the exact time during the CE-5. Lower frequencies of energy such as infrared, microwave, and radio are right below the color red and give off the weakest amount photonic energy. We too give off photons of energy, we are a body of light, our DNA has light, our pineal gland can store light, so what I am getting at is everything is light we are all the light, we are all one, we are just at different frequencies in this light cascade. If you could however be on the same frequency, as lets say a multidimensional being, you could ask through your own light if you may take a picture. You could also ask in you mind, “If there is anything you would like me to share with the group as I take this picture feel free to do so, because we are ready”. It is the acknowledgement of that ET, that craft, or that multicosmical-interdimensional being of light that sets the stage for contact, after all your sharing the same light. Seems like your ready, lets begin.

 I prefer Nikon, I have been an amateur wildlife photographer for seventeen years and before that my family was big on pictures. My work has been purchased by Discovery Channel, National Geographic and a few others, and shown worldwide both still and video, however none of that prepared me for my last three years of Interdimensional Photographer with Dr. Steven Greer on his expeditions, this was no longer point and shoot. Directional light, light waves, scintillating lights, light rods, light probes, light quakes, and invisible light, to name a few, where quite honestly new to me to photograph. A light would go off in the center of the circle, a 45 degree span of the circle observed this, however I did not see a thing. I realized it was time to get creative, it was time to listen, it was time to meditate, but at the same time be aware of the science of light. If you have multiple cameras it is important to have them spread out to cover the site. One thing I learned very quickly is that they are everywhere, all around us at any given moment. You must bond with your team and listen very attentively, to not only what your experiencing, but to also listen and feel what they are experiencing, because if you do so, you can X-Y-Target photograph. You are one axis and the other person is on the other axis, you’re locked on and follow where they meet, that is the target, time to photograph. It is important  to watch what everyone on the team is looking at, listen to instruction and direction. You must remember this is definitely not about you, there is no ego, your on a team and they are expecting you to document, and as photographers we owe it to them, the planet, and the multiverse to do so, how exciting!

     The first thing is to set your correct time and date for that location, wherever that may be on the planet. If you have a GPS function turn it on, if you don’t you can buy an adapter, which records that info as well to the picture. ISO controls can be set anywhere from 400-6400 if your camera allows, I shoot at 3200, most of the time. The settings we are going to discuss now are during a new moon environment- outdoors.  You must have a tripod, unless you’re a retired Special Forces sniper, I was on the rifle team and was awarded the Expert badge, so was my father and his father, however I still use a tripod. You will need to invest in a remote control shutter activation device. They are under $10 and need to be wireless, you may use a wired one but you still must be perfectly still because the vibration can travel up the cord and distort your picture. We want to reduce all vibration and human contact to the camera if possible. That means looking down at your tripod to make sure its not between your neighbor’s chair, legs, or feet. Exposure time should be kept from 3-5 second range as we said earlier a lot of the bright flashes of light come in so fast the human eye can not pick it up. Leaving the shutter open for longer than that could cause more pixilated pictures with camera anomalies. Longer exposures also catch star travel and planet travel, which also may distort the object that you may be intending to get.  You will need to take daylight pictures of the site before you start your CE-5, as a reference for later on, of course always note where your directions are, North, South, East and West. This is a time saver and lifesaver when you are back home editing or recreating a follow up scene documentation of a being or craft landing. If you choose to take longer exposures make an announcement that your shutter is open so persons do not stand up and walk in front or across your cameras field of view.

I have seen many photographs of people claiming they have an ET on their 2.5 inch display just to find out the next day it was Bob in a ski mask on the HD screen of the Apple display. These are all normal mistakes while taking photos for the first time of Extraterrestrials and their beautiful craft, its very exciting experience and its very easy to get caught up in the moment, I for one was very guilty of this in the beginning, it’s a humbling experience. You should always have a lens cloth, prepare for dust, dirt, rain, and snow, yes ice. I do recall one night atop mount Shasta the temperature reading was 14 degrees and a beautiful golden ship appeared I snapped the pic and Voila! I had captured what seemed to be a Unidentified Frozen Object, it looked like a fuzzy starburst. There had been ice completely covering my lens and the picture was distorted. A plastic cover for your camera should also be purchased for the surprise of inclement weather, a good back up however would be a plastic grocery bag, it’s free and its lightweight and can double as a trash receptacle. Batteries, batteries, and more batteries, always have at least one back up battery, no excuses. Equipment energy shrinkage is quite common on these expeditions, it falls under WSFM, be prepared. Lens covers are great whether they are clear or UV, I prefer clear for night. I do not recommend tinted. I do however recommend a infrared filter if your budget allows, you would use this during the day and could capture some amazing craft giving off low frequency light, that without the filter you could not see. You will need a low intensity red lit head lamp, these are also very inexpensive $10 or so, this allows the photographer to free up his hands without having to call on your neighbor to help hold a light, it distracts the entire group, you must be silent and stealthy. Make sure it has an easy to get to on/off switch and that it feels very comfortable and can be worn over a hat. If your camera requires tools you need to have all the tools available on you to fix things in the field. I always carry a small waterproof box with mini screwdrivers and a multifunction tool, you will also find my SD cards and batteries in there as well. Remember you’re a one being operation with your camera, you should not have to disturb anyone else. I also see people show up with brand new million dollar cameras right out of the box without ever reading the instructions, my favorite was a middle aged woman who said no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t get this stupid beach picture off her display, the reason is because it was a sticker that came with the camera that covered the display, she had never used the camera before.

A CSETI expedition is very serious, I’m flattered you bought the most expensive camera money can buy, it shows dedication, however, to ask me five minutes before we sit down on the first night how to operate it…. well lets just say I will help you take the stickers off for now. It is important to take a class if you never used an Digital SLR. You can not learn that type of camera in one week, in the dark much less the daylight, without some training, even the most experienced photographers need to learn placement of the new buttons to make quick adjustments in the field just by feel alone, I know I do and you should to. This also helps when your shooting something through the view finder you don’t want to move the camera away from your face and look down at it just to turn your ISO higher or exposure lower, know your camera, keep your eye on the shot before you loose it. Prepare as much as you can in camera setting before you get to the field, doing so ensures a less stressful and more enjoyable time.

My favorite is “How do I turn off my display?” this is quite simple if you know your camera, at night with someone else’s camera it could be quite time consuming and a task. You always want the display off before you go out at night into the field. The photons that come off that display on a dark moonlit night quite frankly rivals some space shuttle luminosity lift offs. It blinds everyone first of all, it also gives a false sense that something had just flashed, If you don’t know what I am talking about, I am referring to the display light that most Digital SLR cameras emit after a pictures is recorded. There is also a front focus light before and after a picture is taken and this also illuminates. This light can all be shut off in your main menu; your displays need to be off as well. If you have a camera that has a light that will not shut off a small piece of blue painter tape works well doubled up over the light. Extra memory cards are also a must, more GB, the better, if your camera has high MP well your going to need more space to store it. A 16g SD card does it for me per expedition when using my Nikon D70, D80, D90, and D7000.  My new Nikon D800 needs a higher capacity such as a class 10 32GB SD card. This is because a class 10 32GB SD card has a faster transfer rate 10MB transfer rate and a 45MB record rate. This is helpful for high megapixel cameras. Shooting in RAW or JPEG is also something you need to think about. RAW files are of the highest quality for editing, but also the slowest and most space consuming. I stick with large JPEG files, because I don’t have time to use a program and not everyone can read RAW, believe it or not.

When I email my colleagues and or VIPs its important they can download and view immediately. RAW is also not as sharp as JPEG and for what I shoot I need it sharp, crystal clear, it also seems to be lower in contrast which gives the picture a flatter washed out look. Yes you could always shoot in Raw and convert to JPEG. Than comes editing and adding contrast and all that jazz but now it even takes even more time and I have manipulated the picture, which is not taken kindly to some scientist or the general public, especially when your trying to prove something. JPEG higher contrast, sharper, and readable-any computer can read it, very reliable for TDP. It does not matter if your running 6.1MP camera or 36.3MP camera they all take pictures and they all work for TDP. My favorite pictures were taken with a 6.1MP to 12.6MP camera as of today, which could change tomorrow.