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Denver, CO

39.761988, -104.899089 (facing northeast/east/southeast)

I realize I will get ripped to shreds for this - but when you've had your work stolen multiple times you may feel so inclined to mention:


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I've also been ripped to shreds for having a story on this page. Per the request of reputable experts (not the 'experts' who tear apart total strangers on the innerwebs) who have requested the story behind the photos:


On the evening of October 5, 2020 around 8:00pm I set up camp on my little porch in a suburb of Denver to take photos of the red moon appearing that night. I had my 6D Mark II and Opteka 650mm-1300mm lens with fixed apertures (yes I understand that this lens is cheap - it is for fun and not used for actual photoshoots), each with their own tripod(s) (that's two tripods for the lens, and one for the camera) in order to hold the setup still enough to capture sharp images at 1300mm. A lens that long is impossible to keep still by hand, and every millimeter it moves could be equivalent to miles in the sky. While waiting for the moon to become a red hue I took to it to observe other parts of the sky. I was surprised to see it so clear as we had been battling forest fires all summer - well into fall. Many stars and planets, all looking typical - a tiny ball of fire moving at a slow steady pace. I could see the Big Dipper and Little Dipper (towards the southeast). I stared at them for a few minutes with my naked eye, then noticed something noticeably brighter and more colorful sparkling nearby. I grabbed my lens to get a better view, but it had moved. I scanned the sky again and found it slightly to the left of the Dippers, this time weaving around sporadically. I grabbed my lens again, got it in the frame, focused and took a shot. From what I could tell on the playback screen it looked like a red, yellow, and green light in the form of a spread out triangle. The moon had turned red at this point so I turned my lens back to the left (east) to take those photos before continuing to catch whatever this bright colorful object was. The red moon was a faint orange at this point so I scanned the sky again. It was to the left of the moon now. It took many tries to get it in frame but it was moving too fast to get it in focus and in the frame simultaneously and I needed to make some adjustments to my camera settings as they were set up for the moon. I wasn’t able to catch it so I gave up around 10:00pm.


The next evening, October 6, 2020, I decided to graze the sky for the object again at 8:00pm, the same time as the night before. Finally around 8:15pm I saw it, this time directly between the moon and Dippers. I got it in frame and took a quick shot to check my settings. It looked nearly identical as the night before - yellow, red, and green lights in the shape of a triangle. After much trial and error, many hours (no breaks) of changing my settings then chasing it back down only to find out I needed to change my settings again, I finally got it at 12:48am on October 7, 2020. I was able to capture several images, however its movement and distance (visible from the lens) was so inconsistent. It was much different from capturing photos of stars and planets which move in a predictable, linear path across the sky whereas this object was spastic. Weaving in and out, bobbing up and down, sometimes standing almost still. Once 1:00am rolled around the object started to alternate between spinning and full blast shooting across the sky. Eventually, around 1:05am, it went off into the distance - moving away from the Earth. The speed at which it was moving away did not allow me to get one last shot in focus. 


I put these photos to the side until recently. Come to find out, there was more than one of those objects. You’ll see below that in the cropped/zoomed versions the shape is consistent but the direction is not - yet all resemble a spaceship of sorts. I have received feedback regarding my camera settings being unrealistic. I totally agree, they do not make sense with what we know in regards to logical camera settings. That is part of the mystery I guess. I worked hard to get these images, and tried every possible camera setting scenario for the capture. Regardless of what the object(s) is, it was fun and I wanted to share.

*All original photos are straight out of camera with no adjustments. Any adjustments made in addition to are simply to enhance or decrease the brightness for better visibility. No other adjustments (color, etc.) were made.

10/5/20 · 20:47
1/100sec · ISO 1600 · 1300mm
·5589·for size reference
10/7/20 · 00:48
2sec · ISO 100 · 1300mm
10/7/20 · 00:49
1sec · ISO100 · 1300mm
10/7/20 · 00:51
0.8sec · ISO100 · 1300mm