- Aug 12, 2019
It was a bright, clear Sunday afternoon in June and I was looking up at the sky from my balcony window when I saw a faint spherical object hanging in the air at about cloud level (it seemed). I reached for my binoculars and focussed in on what was a light-coloured slightly squashed sphere-shaped object. Thence I ran for my charged-up Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder with 20x optical zoom (not digital, we don't want any artefacts at this point!) and on returning maybe 30 seconds later, the object looked to have moved directly away from my standpoint, being much smaller and fainter. It was therefore tough to find it in the flip-out viewfinder of my camcorder once I started shooting (I have to say an optical viewfinder would've been much more efficacious in scanning the clear blue sky for the object) but the camera infra-red focussing did catch it on film for a moment or two. I'm not very savvy with video material being more of a stills photographer, so would any analyst out there care to download a copy of the raw, untouched 4K video file and see if they can enlarge the object appreciably in order to better speculate on what it is. I'll warn you there's a fair bit of swinging of the camera in the footage as I was pressing to get back to the balcony to begin filming and, against that wide flawless blue sky, it was damn hard to get the object in my sights. But I did finally. See what YOU think it was? There can't be that much camcorder footage of this kind of thing that's in 4K and shot on a good piece of kit. If only I could've seen it sooner when it was closer to me.