posted on Mar, 16 2010 @ 07:21 AM
UPDATE FROM A LOCAL:
Visited my perch on E224th St. last night armed with a digial camera, video camera, tripod, spotting scope and binoculars. The weather was 37 degrees
fahrenheit and we had overcast skies with a cloud deck about 7,000 feet. Visibility was about 9 miles.
I arrived onsite at about 7:15 local time - twilight was setting in and set up my stuff. It didn't take long to start witnessing lights! First it
was an airplane on approach, then another airplane on approach then nothing for awhile, then more planes on approach. I witnessed the metrohealth
life-flight helicopter pass to the south. And then, at 8:17 PM local time I saw what I was looking for - the lights!
Yes, I saw strange lights about 8 to 10 miles out over the lake. They were way out of range from my spotting scope so distance is a complete guess.
I tried to take photos, but again, the lights were completely out of range. In digital zoom mode they came out looking like diamonds - an artifact
from poor optics. I had the same experience with the video camera. Neither are worth uploading at all. In fact, the previous video is better than
The lights appeared intermittently for about a half an hour. Now, I have to be honest... It could have been a Coast Guard Helicopter or perhaps even
tankers passing through shipping lanes. I didn't witness anything extraordinary about their behavior, i.e. performing aerial feats not possible by
terrestrial aircraft standards. Then again, due to viewing conditions they were not constantly in my view. Additionally, I could not witness changes
in color and shape as had been indicated by others.
Folks, believe me when I tell you that I am VERY sad to report that I don't really have much to report. What I can say is that lights were there -
WHAT they were is completely inconclusive. Someone with better equipment NEEDS to get up there, PRONTO!
I have a group meeting this evening and if time permits, I plan on trying again, this time from a different vantage point. It seems if I move further
East I MAY get closer to where I perceived them to be - which was NNE of my position or about 1:00 to 2:00 from true North. My advice, if you want to
see them, come with binoculars or a good spotting scope. If you want to film them you had better have a mega telescopic lense!
As always, I'll do my best to keep you all posted.