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Mintaka III "duck blind".

A "Duck blind" was a term that originated from a method used by Human hunters to catch their prey, such as ducks, off guard. The expression was then used in the 23rd and 24th century for the method of holographically camouflaging observation posts and cultural observers to prevent pre-warp inhabitants from discovering the observers.


23rd century (Kelvin timeline)[]

In 2262 of the alternate reality, the USS Enterprise's chief engineer, Lieutenant commander Montgomery Scott invented his version of the duck blind technology to study the Felidae. (TOS - Deity comics: "Part 1", "Part 2")

24th century[]

The First Contact Office oversees duck blind missions. (DS9 - Millennium novel: The Fall of Terok Nor)

In 2366, the Federation built a duck blind on Mintaka III to observe the Mintakans. However, it was dismantled when the inhabitants discovered the observers believing them to be gods. (TNG episode: "Who Watches the Watchers?")

In 2375, the Federation working with the Son'a, built a duck blind to observe the Ba'ku. Vice admiral Matthew Dougherty had the blind equipped with chromodynamic shields. However, Lieutenant commander Data exposed the blind when one of the Son'a fired at him. (TNG movie & novelization: Insurrection)

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External link[]

Duck blind article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.