Originally posted by DeepThought
Snowdon is 3,560 ft high and Merrick 2,766 ft. Ignoring refraction the peak of one mountain should just be visible if the mountains are less than 137 miles from one another. If we add 8% for refraction that gets us to 147 miles. So the peak of one would just be visible from the other, except that a day clear enough for one to see that distance would b ...[text shortened]... his is possible with the normal model of the Earth and it is not clear to me what your point is.
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It's a crap picture (Samsung camera is awesome for close-up stuff, but a little weak in the zoom-a-zoom-zoom category; this is 8x), but, just for reference...
Fishing boat on the left, up and to the right of it, on the horizon you can see steam and clouds from the Morton salt flats about 50 miles north and east along the shore.
Directly to the right of that white fluffy cloud, you can make out two towers, pretty distinctively.
Those two towers are the stacks from the now defunct Eastlake Power Plant, which, as stated, is about 31 miles north and east of where this pic is being taken.
With the naked eye, the scene is much more distinct, and on fairly clear days, it's possible to see the buildings below.
clear days, you can see the water between the plant and the flats shimmering like a mirage.
So there's that...