July 03, 2007
Posted by scott at July 03, 2007 09:30 AM
Not quite your very own trip to space, but it's still nice to watch. I wonder how well the Pelican Nebula can be imaged with a more pedestrian telescope?
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The sentence works either way, and AFAIK both are correct.
Yep - both would be correct, though mere might be the more used.
But "mere" projects an air of pompous elitism that seems out of place on this blog, save when discussing important things like cars or football teams.
On reflection, "more pedestrian" is most likely the correct usage. It is, in this context, the antonym of "elite." The intent is not to imply a difference in kind (as the use of "mere" would), but in degree. So, my earlier position that both readings are correct is in fact incorrect. Rephrased for "mere," the sentence would probably read:
"I wonder how well [it] can be imaged with something that mere mortals have access to?"