A man took photos of mars and found the images odd, but the explanation was quite simple.
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WERE YOU NEAR ANY OF THESE?
WHEN DID YOUR ENCOUNTER HAPPEN?
16th October 2020
APPROX TIME OF ENCOUNTER
DURATION OF ENCOUNTER APPROX
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WHERE THERE ANY OTHER WITNESSES?
IN YOUR OWN WORDS, DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW.
"Right, probably a simple explanation for this but It escapes me!Took the first shot of Mars with zoom lens on camera handheld.Took the next four shots of what I thought was the same object as it was in the same direction and the brightest in the night sky, also checked Stellarium app on phone and it told me that's where Mars is, doesn't look like Mars to me, I then thought maybe it's the only street light in that direction but knew I was pointing way to high, so I also took photo of street light, nothing at all like it! Confused, any thoughts? Satellite?Will forward photos via email."
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Having looked at the photos the witness submitted to us, they appear to be auto focussed and showing the crosshairs from his telescope.
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One of the images submitted to us. This happens when a reflector telescope is out of focus
Above: An example of the "crosshairs" inside a reflector telescope