posted on Sep, 29 2009 @ 11:47 PM
Originally posted by ZombieOctopus
I've been spending a good deal of time searching the heavens over the years, hoping to see what so many others have been so fortunate to see, without
luck. I'm curious how much time you all spend looking up, especially if you've seen something.
In the process I've learnt a good deal of the constellations, so no one can say it's a total waste of time
I think it's safe to say I spend about two hours, four or five nights a week, scanning the skies. I try to walk instead of drive at night and my
balcony has a good view that I take advantage of while listening to late night radio.
I covered this in my thread "How to photograph/videotape UFOs - A Primer". Whenever I step outside of my apartment building in NYC I start scanning
the sky. But, unfortunately, this is a daylight-only activity 'cause I rarely am out at night and when I am I'll look up but all you can see are
the brightest of stars and airplanes/helicopters/blimps lights. Since you gotta watch where you step, you don't look up as often as during the day.
I have a wish that I could talk my wife into moving to the country just to be able to enjoy looking up at night and enjoying the spectacle, UFOs or
I was able to do this in the 1980s when I lived in L.A. I would go down to the darkened pool, recline on a lounge and scan the star-filled sky with
naked eyes and with my 7-15X zoom binoculars. That led to my most impressive "UFO" sighting, which later could be seen in many NASA videos from
space. What I saw was 3 "stars" in row, not closely spaced but eye-catching. The 3 were the brightest "stars" which is why they caught my
attention. I appreciated their unusualness and started to look away when I saw the topmost "star" go from a standstill to what must have been
thousands of miles per hour. It was followed by the middle "star" and then the bottom "star". They all took off towards the south. I was
During the day, when I walk I program myself to remember what is in front of me for a short distance so that I can take glances at the sky above me.
When I arrive at an intersection, I'm not like everyone else ready to shoot across the street. I welcome the pause and scan the sky in all
directions. One doesn't always see UFOs but one can see many unusual sights that most miss.
Also, back in the '70s I used to spend time on our building's roof with a chair and a telescope appreciating stellar objects. Then the building
became a co-op and all of the exit doors were locked and alarmed and I couldn't get the co-op board to approve my being allowed to go to the roof.
[edit on 29-9-2009 by Skeptical Ed]