posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 09:38 PM
reply to post by JanieB
Hi and welcome to the forum JanieB,
Just as with naked eye observing, when you look through a telescope with adequate light gathering ability, you will see meteors and satellites. With a
telescope you can also detect meteors and satellites that you could not be able to see with the naked eye. Telescopic meteors as they are known are
actually more common than "naked eye meteors", but from your description, it sounds like the objects were long lasting and relatively slow moving,
which makes me think it's likely that you saw satellites. How long were you able to observe these objects for?
As I wrote a couple of posts above, it's actually quite easy to get it wrong when it comes to judging the distance of an unknown object in the night
sky, and it's also possible for observers (even experienced observers) to see things (like maneuvers) that are not there.
The only way to overcome this is to make a record of the event, and then it can be analyzed for clues. Without this, there is no way to say for sure.
Even if you can only get a short (5-10 second) still exposure using a camera on a fixed tripod, any satellite tracks captured on an exposure could be
identified providing your camera time is accurately set (to the nearest second) or you note down the time of the exposure. A fast normal-wide angle
lens on a tripod mounted DSLR is ideal for this. It can be done on a tight budget if necessary.