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Occurred : 4/24/2005 21:00 (Entered as : 04/24/2005 21:00)
Reported: 4/25/2005 5:36:06 PM 17:36
Posted: 5/11/2005
Location: Newport, OR
Shape: Cone
Duration:3 hours
Fanned out cones with pointy bright lighted nose.

It was a full moon. I was taking night pictures of fishing boats on the docks (most being time exposures of 2 to 13 secs).

I didn't notice the objects until I put the photos on my computer. First I wondered what was in the dark sky in one photo...shaped like a badminton birdie..a point or nose that is brightest, with a sort of skirt that stems out from there and a little red light off to the side below the skirt.

After seeing the thing in one photo, I started picking apart other photos from the night and found more. The pictures speak for themselves. They might be something logical..if so I would like to know what they are???


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Dear ((name deleted)),

I believe the anomalous object, located to the left of the Moon, may be a lens "flare," i.e. a reflection off the surface of a lens in the body of the camera lens. Just a guess. Probably not a UFO.

I will look at the others, too.

Thanks for the report and photos!

Cordially,

Peter Davenport

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((RESPONSE #1 FROM WITNESS))

That is what I was thinking maybe, but weird that they all are shaped the same way and so clear. What a strange lense flare!! I have taken lots of night pictures and never had this happen before. Did the photos come in clearly? I think I may have sent them too small so when u zoom in it breaks up. For some reason when I send photos over outlook they don't send well. If you want I can send one through AOL and see if it is more clear.

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((RESPONSE #2 FROM WITNESS))

The more I study these I see that indeed they all seem to line directly with a light..all pointing away from the light. Weird though how the same light in diff pictures without moving the camera (was on a tripod), create these flares in different "outshoots" of the light beams, as if they "moved" since the last photo.

Anyway..they had me freaked out for a good part of a day...but I am convinced you are correct.

Thanks for your time.

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