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  1. I've just checked on a star map and the 'weird light' I highlighted in the wide angle photo is definitely sirius, but this definitely wasn't what I was shooting with the telephoto lens. Sirius was to the left of it.
  2. The only thing I don't understand, is that if I was seeing a reflection of Sirius which was far to the right, how would this thing flash brightly and consistently with the same order of colour every time and bounce all over the place when Sirius was just still in the same place 30 degrees to the right.
  3. Hi Peter, Sirius wasn't directly behind it, it was 20-30 degrees to the right, you pretty much had to turn your head to see the two different lights. There's no way you could mistake them when you were viewing them with the naked eye.
  4. Hi, As one or two of you have said the light I highlighted in the wide angle shot may have been Sirius, I may have highlighted the wrong one. Because when I think about it and when I asked my brother we both said the light started directly in front of our house and Sirius was way to the right. It may be some weird refraction or reflection of Sirius on a satellite or a cloud or weather balloon. But all I know for 10000% is that it was definitely, definitely not camera shake. I can't be any more certain of this. I saw this with my own eyes, as did my brother. The camera images just back up what we saw. While I may have highlighted the wrong light in the wide angle photo, I remember that there was the really bright light in the telephoto photos and separately Sirius was way to the right, closer to the town lights. They were definitely two separate lights, I can guarantee that. Also, I haven't seen anything in the news about it. I don't know where to find information on lost weather balloons though.
  5. Doc, To the naked eye it was stationary for long periods of time. Over 1 hour, it went from the position it was in during the first shot (the one with the town lights) and settled about 20 degrees to the right of that much closer to the horizon, then it went out of view. I'm not sure if this means it's position generally didn't move and that it only went of view because of the earth's rotation? Every time it did a huge jump, it flew backwards and looped, etc but always ended up pretty much on it's original plane. Not exactly, but pretty much.
  6. Hey Greenkat & any one else who wants to probe the images further: I've uploaded the shot you just edited in Raw format. You may need to get a small update to view Raw files, these can be found pretty easily through Google. Here's the link - be warned it's pretty large (10MB) RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting This site only lets 10 people download before creating an account, If more people want to download it, just say and I'll create an account. Thanks
  7. mba007, I can absolutely guarantee you this wasn't camera shake. It's just not possible. I saw it with my own eyes, as did my brother. If it was camera shake the other light trails would be affected but they're not. I'm no astronomy expert but I can recognise Sirius every time. When I first saw the light, Sirius was about 20-30 degrees to the right. They were two separate lights in the sky at the same time. Good call with the idea of repeating the experiment. I tried last night for about half an hour. Got nothing even close.
  8. Thanks for working on the images Greenkat. I think you're definately right. The image shows some sort of consistent structure. I notice the shape too, strange ...
  9. I think you're right when you say it's probably not space based. I think it was in our atmosphere. Repeatable? Maybe, I've looked for it tonight, thought I saw something similar but it was too cloudy and my camera didn't pick it up in time. I hope I get to the bottom of it too! I've never been so intrigued by something. Stranger things have happened, I would just love to know what it is.
  10. The thing I find important and intriguing is how once the object has finished bouncing around it always meets the exact same trajectory it was on before OR is that just camera trails from the long exposure combined with the earth's movement and actually the object is completely stationary during the long white trails? Is that even possible? For a satellite or any object to make such high speed movements over a number of miles within a 10-15 seconds then stop dead, completely stationary?
  11. Shane, That did cross my mind, but I saw one recently flying over a small village and it stayed orange and just gently glowed. I also noticed that past 2 miles it wasn't really visible. This object was miles and miles in the distance, the falling and rising/bouncing motions were so, so fast that it couldn't have been one of those lanterns.
  12. Dark Knight, I've been out tonight trying to emulate camera shake just to show people here. It looks nothing like the above and every time when the camera settles, the star in question rests on it's plane of travel in a different location. Emulating camera shake is just impossible, especially without altering the trails of the surrounding stars. Barkis, that is the kind of far fetched but possible explanation I'm looking for. The only thing is, the only other light source was a flashing red light in the sea. That doesn't account for the intensely bright green, blue and red that could be seen in the sky.
  13. Astoc and dark knight, you're right when you say the object is moving through the field of view at exactly the same rate (from eye view anyway) as the other stars. The bright white light is the object when it is stationary. Which I agree makes it so puzzling when trying to explain the rapid bouncing motion. Astoc, I too think it may be a satellite - this may sound far out. But what if it is a small communications satellite that is colliding with a number of space debris and decommissioned satellites? Incredibly unlikely but it would explain the crazy action.
  14. Hi Cornelius, You're right Orion's belt was close and Sirius too was nearby, but the light was neither I'm afraid. The intense flashing colours and the sudden drop and bouncing would rule out any star. I know the trails look like camera movements but firstly, I saw this with my naked eye, the camera just backs up what I saw. It was far more breath taking and noticeable whilst it was occuring. Secondly, the camera was completely steady. You can 100% rule out camera shake two ways (three if you count me as a witness ). Firstly, NONE of the other stars/satellites feature any signs of camera shake at all, not even slightly. Secondly, the image of the satellite shows no camera shake at all. All the shots were taken in zero wind conditions. Half on a kitchen worktop; shooting out the window, then the other half were taken outside on the concrete patio, again zero wind. All the shots were taken with me roughly 1.5m away from the tripod using a remote release cable. Hi PeterMammoth, I hope it wasn't a Russian missile! I could be wrong though!
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