Location of Sighting: East Helena, Montana
Date of Sighting: July 4, 2018
Time of Sighting: 8:45 PM MDT
Description: I was outside working in the yard and I laid down on the lawn and looked up at the sky. I noticed a white colored object almost directly overhead, but more towards the east. I thought that it might be someone with a drone which concerned me as it would be almost directly in the flight path of the local regional airport. I decided to try to see it better by getting our old telescope I had in my garage. I was able to see that it wasn’t a drone as it was very stable and didn’t appear to be moving. I also noticed that the oval shaped object had what appeared to be close to a dozen bright white lights around one side. I watched it for awhile and noticed it was very slowly moving north. I tried a pair of binoculars, but they didn’t provide as good of a look at the object. I went back to the telescope and watched it for awhile longer. It also appeared that one of the lights would shift to a different location on the object. At this point I tried to zoom in on it with my cell phone camera, but it only appeared as a white dot with little to no detail. I tried to take a picture of the object through my telescope which didn’t work well either. I do have pictures that are close to what it looked like, but still without much of the detail seen with the naked eye through the telescope. I took no video as it was essentially stationary except that it slowly moved north over a period of a half hour or longer.
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