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No not while stargazing. I did witness something strange back in 2005 that had me in awe. Me and my family were out in the backyard around 11:30pm on July night. We were looking at the stars that evening and a couple of us noticed what we thought were bright satellites flying overhead. One was coming from the east and the other from the north. After a few seconds of watching them we realized they were on what appeared to be a collision course. As they came closer to each other they slowed down and merged into one bright light. After the lights merged the new object sped off in the same general direction. A couple minutes afterwards we heard the roar of jets overhead. Not commercial jets, these were military all the way. It was kind of like being at an air show.
You could see the glow of the engines on the 3 craft as they went in the exact same direction that the light had gone. I rarely use the term UFO because it's a loose term at best, but in this case I can honestly say that this was something that none of the people in the yard could explain.
Then there are the Tinley Park lights that once again we were privileged to witness. These lights were cool but not as exciting as the first we had seen.
As far as seeing things through the scope is concerned, you see things all the time crossing your field of view. Most likely satellites or shadows of them, space junk, etc...
I made this moon video a while ago that shows what looks like a small shadow crossing the moon at the top of the screen around the 10 second mark. The object goes from left to right across the face of the moon. cool stuff.
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2011 6:36:04 GMT -6 by -=CROMAN=-
Witnessed in 2005 in my modest 4.5 reflector, I haven't seen anything like it...but recently, at the Chicago Astronomer star party, I observed a disk like object with panels of sorts transiting the Moon in C.A.'s Ricks monster 7" refractor. I rushed Rick to take a peek, but by then it was gone.
Must have been a satellite in my most recent viewing, but that first one still is strange.
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