Can these Lights be Confused with the Famous BMLs?
This is an image of some city lights in Catawba Valley, Burke County, NC. Taken from the Highway 181 Brown Mountain Lights Overlook, approximately 16 miles northwest of Morganton. Looking southeast (140 azimuth) over the top of Brown Mountain. City lights include those of eastern Morganton, Drexel, and Valdese.
Selected individual lights are currently being identified by line-of-sight azimuth measurments, daytime and nighttime photography with teleophoto lenses (including a 1,900mm telescope), and follow up site visits for confirmation.
The single light above the skyline is a flashing white light atop a communication tower on High Peak (20 miles from camera, coordinates: 35.72280 N, 81.60810 W), 2.3 miles south of Drexel.
The six bright colored lights on the skyline (sloping line near left edge of image) are house lights on Rocky Road at 138.5-139.5 azimuth (21 miles from camera, coordinates: 35.71891 N, 81.58601 W), 2.0 miles southwest of Valdese.
Brown Mountain occupies the dark foreground while the South Mountains form the skyline ridges.
Image Info: Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital SLR camera with 420 mm telephoto lens, ISO 800, f/8, 20-second exposure, taken at 7:19 pm on 9Nov12 by Ed Speer.