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flipster103
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Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
Jan 16, 2011

I was outside at night trying to take pictures of the sky. When I looked at my camera, I was surprised to see what I saw. It's a light near the top of the picture and it's creepy. What is it..

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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

A planet? A star? A satellite? A plane?

What is creepy?
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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

I guess its a lens flare from whatever the light is from the bottom of your picture

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Great Bustard
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Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

Even has a 3D look to it! Or, am I mistaken -- is someone watching us? I had no idea Earth was interesting enough.

flipster103 wrote:

I was outside at night trying to take pictures of the sky. When I looked at my camera, I was surprised to see what I saw. It's a light near the top of the picture and it's creepy. What is it..

flipster103
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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to Great Bustard, Jan 17, 2011

Here is a cropped look at it.. It's really scary what is it lol...

bnc_skc
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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

Are you using a UV filter to protect your lens?

Filters will sometimes give you a reflection like the one in your photo. The reflection will always be located directly opposite the center point of the lens.
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flipster103
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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to bnc_skc, Jan 17, 2011

No I don't have a UV filter on, but I still dont get why anyone else's pictures come out like that. I didn't take it directly in the light and what do you mean by its the opposite of the middle?

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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

I don't know what it is, but it set a pretty big fire taking off.

Just lens flare...

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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

Small plane.

Ron Scubadiver
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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

It's obviously an alien object.

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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

flipster103 wrote:

I was outside at night trying to take pictures of the sky. When I looked at my camera, I was surprised to see what I saw. It's a light near the top of the picture and it's creepy. What is it..

Inception.

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Lens flare, pure and simple.
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

flipster103 wrote:

Here is a cropped look at it.. It's really scary what is it lol...

The line going through the flare will connect with the out of image light source and pass directly through the middle of the image. This kind of flare is "best" seen with poorly coated lenses and/or long exposures.

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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to Ron Scubadiver, Jan 17, 2011

Ron Scubadiver wrote:

It's obviously an alien object.

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Not at all, just lens flare and easily repeatable.

SirLataxe
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Its a brain-sucking space bat
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

That is a Greater Glowering Altair Space Bat. Should you be worried? Of course!

The bats are well-known for attracting the eye of bored photographers then travelling down the optical hyperspace link to your brain. Once inside, they suck out the juicy stuff, such as your thoughts about Gina Lollobrigida or the latest Nikon DSLR gizmo, into their 8th dimensional gut and eventually you are left in a somewhat intellectually-depleted condition so that you believe what's in newspapers or on Fox TV.

They are probably responsible, these bats, for that Tea Party as only someone with their brain bat-sucked could possibly take such an entity seriously!

But there is also a rumour that the Space Bats are being deliberately attracted to the American continent by The Dark Forces of Terrorism, living just over the horizon or possibly under the bed of The President.

SirLataxe, watching the skies (but not Sky, which is full of Altairian Space Bats).

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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

There apparently was a fairly bright street light just outside the frame of your camera. Looks to be a sodium vapor light due to the yellowish color. The light bounced off the lens elements and produced that flair. If you drew a straight line starting from that flair, through the center of the image, it would point directly to the source of that flair.

Other than that, it may be an atmospheric jelly fish alien creature finding a good field in which to make some crop circles.

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JulesJ
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Re: Cool looking lens flare!
In reply to bnc_skc, Jan 17, 2011

I think this proves there is life outside of our solar system.
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james b norman
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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to flipster103, Jan 17, 2011

what you are seeing is the result of poor optical collimation of the lens system.
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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to Ron Scubadiver, Jan 17, 2011

If you look really carefully you can see the loading bay doors.
jules

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Re: Took pictures of the sky at night, creepy thing
In reply to james b norman, Jan 17, 2011

Collimate: to make (as light rays) parallel
Good word James.
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what you are seeing is the result of poor optical collimation of the lens system.
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it's a Chinese spy probe called MAO
In reply to flipster103, Jan 18, 2011

Mao comes in two colours, orange ones and green ones,you will hear much more about them in the near future but don't be afraid of them so far no serious incident was reported
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