These are reflections, could be internal...
Great Engineer's Thinking, Dear Arjay
In my Idea, and It happend to me long time ago. just 1 small reflective dust on the front of UV. filter, that create the UFOs on the dark sky for me. I hope that are the real UFOs, that I can sell to the Newspaper for millions Us Dollars.----Ha, Ha, Ha.
Dust on the filter would not cause "UFOs". More likely dust on the sensor. A filter will increase the chance of ghosts, a dirty filter will increase the chance of veiling (a lack of contrast).
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