phantom target

phantom target

[′fan·təm ′tär·gət]
(electronics)
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But mirage and turbulence also move the target optically, creating a phantom target or optical illusion.
Thus, when the shooter pushed his rifle forward for the second, third, and fourth shots, he was aiming at a phantom target. The real target was to the right of what he saw.
Strong echo pulse from the phantom target occurring at the depth of 22 mm is shown magnified on Fig.2, (c) and its amplitude spectra on Fig.
In his 1984 autobiography, Stockdale was clear about what he saw: "I had the best seat in the house to watch that event and our destroyers were just shooting at phantom targets...