A UFO hunter in Vancouver caught an orange orb on video recently, using his specially outfitted UFO spotting cameras and lenses. He says the object was able to be filmed using his night vision camera, but it did not show up on his thermal, heat-sensing camera.
Charles Lamoureux has been hunting UFOs for a long time. He uses a system he calls his Skywatcher’s Mobile Unit (SMU). He says it is “fitted with Night vision, thermal camera, and regular camcorder, etc.”
Lamoureux is not one to call every light in the night sky a UFO. Often he points out birds, planes, satellites, and other more mundane objects that often get mistaken for UFOs. However, what he captured on the night of June 3rd, 2016, he cannot explain. He sent the video (seen above) to OpenMinds.tv, and gave us some information on how it was obtained.
According to Lamoureux, he first spotted the object on night vision at around 11:45 pm. It was about 2 hours into his skywatching session.
“I noticed 1 orange fuzzy object and realized it was within 200 feet from me since I had to focus the camera,” Lamoureux explained via email. “I know this because of my camera is usually set for infinity and if I have to focus when I know the object must be within 200 feet as per experience using this camera over the years.”
He says the object appeared to be sphere shaped, and he began attempting to identify what the object was.
“Most night vision captures I see, I can easily see wings if it’s a bird, bug or any other mundane object,” Lamoureux continued. “This object was semi translucent, so I ruled out balloon. I then followed it, and since it was fairly close, I looked directly at the sky and did not see anything.”
Lamoureux’s SMU unit also includes a thermal camera for picking up heat signatures, but the object was not being detected with it. A small bird, or other heat-emitting object, was able to be seen on the unit above the orb he was tracking. This can be seen in the video. However, although the bird can be seen in the thermal and the night vision, the orb is only seen on the night vision.
Thermal imaging shows objects that are different temperatures as different colors. Lamoureux concluded that the orb could not be seen on the thermal camera because it was either the same temperature as the air around it or colder.
Lamoureux estimates the object was at about 80 degrees over the horizon to the southwest of him. The object passed in front of buildings towards the end of his video, so using their height, he estimated the object was about 30 stories high. He says there was no wind – “not even a breeze” – leading him to believe it was not an object being carried by the air.
Lamoureux is convinced the object is unusual. He wrote, “It’s been 15 months since my last witnessed event, and I skywatch almost every clear night since. This is the real deal and for sure 100 percent spherical.”
In order to get another opinion from an experienced skywatcher and “UFO” video analysts, I asked the Mutual UFO Network’s chief video and photo analyst Marc D’Antonio to take a look.
“I looked at the video, and noticed that he is using the Luna Optics full-color MicroLux camera. The sensitivity is about 0.3 lux so it is an interesting camera,” wrote D’Antonio. “As for what he caught on the footage, it’s not very far away, it’s only about 100 feet away from him by his own admission.”
D’Antonio continued, “It appeared to me to be more like a plastic bag flying around in the air. I am not saying that is what it is, but that would account for the reason why there is no thermal signature which he thought was very important.”
D’Antonio notes that the object was filmed in a city, and there is a lot of trash blowing around. He has seen trash floating around in a city be mistaken for UFOs before.
However, D’Antonio wanted to be clear that he is not making any final conclusions, just suggesting another possibility. He also points out that the video does not provide any evidence that puts it in the “extraterrestrial category” either.
D’Antonio gave me a similar conclusion to a video I was given many years ago of an object floating around the Las Vegas strip.
Although, D’Antonio feels the object might be trash floating around the city streets, the object does appear to be spherical in shape, as Lamoureux has pointed out. At one point, it also appears to change direction.
Lamoureux’s UFO research is being featured in a French-Canadian documentary titled (translated) “Lights in the sky.” He says it is a “Very unbiased look at [UFOs],” and that “the film follows me in my travels to find answers.”
He says a French version will be aired on Canadian television soon, and an English version of the documentary is in the works.
Take a look at the videos Lamoureux has provided, and let us know what you think in the comments below.