I have an image of a somewhat idiosyncratic projection that is a frame from a film:
A geographer friend of mine said it was probably some kind of Gnomic projection, but that from the resolution it wasn't possible to know for sure. I wouldn't know.
You can see North America at top left, and the Soviet Union and China (!) in red with a black border around it in the middle-right of the frame. The dark vertical and lighter horizontal lines visible seem to go through the North Pole. As you can guess this is a declassified target map from the Cold War; those branched lines are bomber routes (some from bases, some from refueling points).
I am interested in finding the rough lat/lngs of the ends of the branched lines (the "targets"), knowing, of course, there is going to be a large margin of error because of the resolution,. I could hunt and peck these by hand, working first to identify targets that ought to be on there (e.g. Moscow), but it seems like there ought to be an easier way.
There are plenty of identifiable geographical locations on there, such as James Bay in Canada, the tip of Gujarat in India, the Caspian Sea, and so on.
My first thought was to try line between a number of these by hand in Adobe Illustrator, then draw similar lines in Google Earth, and use them as a rough grid to triangulate the missing points by hand. This is of course difficult. I then thought maybe there was some way to do this algorithmically — if I know the lat/lng of fixed pixel locations, can I move from there to figuring out the missing lat/lngs of other pixel locations? I suspect this might be harder than it sounds, given that I don't really know the projection that produced those pixel locations.
Is there a better way? Any thoughts would be appreciated.