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Occurred : 5/10/2011 17:15 (Entered as : 05/10/11 17:15)
Reported: 5/10/2011 7:19:12 PM 19:19
Posted: 5/12/2011
Location: Vernon (Canada), BC
Shape: Circle
Duration:~45 minutes
Circular Object over Vernon, BC May10/11

UFO Sighting in Vernon ~1715 to ~1800, May 10/11 Object seen ~7 degrees above and to the left of the moon (at First Quarter), slowly moving (imperceptibly) over the following ~3/4 of an hour to a position ~15 degrees above and to the right of the moon. (I have a ruler for this, as I do look at the night sky).

At first, saw it with 7 X 26 binoculars while watching planes, birds and the moon. Then it could be spotted by eye, once I knew where it was, as it had lots of brilliance (white, not metallic - much brighter than the moon). It was definitely round. At times the brilliance seemed to change somewhat but that might have been an illusion.

I went to get my Celestron SkyMaster 25 X 100 binoculars, and although it was handheld, the view was quite striking.

At the time, my wife was in the kitchen, and I went to tell her to come and see - she did see it also, through the 7 X 26 binoculars, after she was told to go “from the moon, then up and slightly yo the left”. She told me that I needed the tripod, and I showed her the 25 X 100 binoc. and the camera which I also had by then.

Photo takes with (cheap) camera - Sony (5.1 Megapixels) DSC-P93A, zooming ~12X.

Near the end of the sighting, I had again switched to the 7 X 26 binoculars, and suddenly, it got smaller, zigzagged very fast, became a dot (still zigzagging at that point!) and disappeared. I kept looking, as if it was a balloon, the fabric could perhaps be spotted, but I couldn’t see it coming down.

Please, if you know what happens when a balloon reached a high altitude and blows up, please let me know.

Sorry, a few years ago I saw something and regrettably failed to report, so this time, an effort is being made.

I am working on a tripod with screw drive mechanism to go up and down, etc., but it was not yet ready today - otherwise, there would be a fair photo, with the camera through the 25 X 100 binoculars.