We see things we can't explain with the naked eye. And then we might take a photo, or look through binoculars, and the object appears very differently.
I described one sighting in the post below. (Part Two.) Another sighting, also in Eugene, Oregon, happened about five years ago. It was New Year's Eve, and I was standing on my front porch at night, watching for fireworks, etc. Suddenly a weird light appeared from the east, traveling north west. It was a large shape and light (white) but through the binoculars it was something else entirely. It changed shape -- not seen with the naked eye but with the binocs --- and then "zoomed" downwards and turning gray, then, blinked out. Just, gone.
Drone? Fancy firework? (I really don't think so.) Oh who knows. Strange nonetheless.