Sorry for the "waste", but we were out without phones or any devices that might tell the time. Not every session has to be fully instrumented. It is possible to enjoy the sky without knowing the exact time.
However, I can tell you that the object came from Hercules and crossed Sagittarius between Saturn and Kaus Borealis, before continuing in the direction of Indus. No doubt that is enough information to ID a bright spinning satellite.
Thanks for your patience with my rant,
'of course' I'm reacting to the phenomenon of posters that always do this and not specifically towards you particularly....
I suspected you might be without phone or device as often people want to maintain their night vision while doing only visual.
However there are easy tricks one can do to mark the moment in time (like taking note of what one is standing and what familiar stars are visible in reference to terrestrial landmarks that can be calibrated either that night or an a later date with a timepiece (as the motion of the sky is predictable).....
as to your
"No doubt that is enough information to ID a bright spinning satellite......"
not really, that's not how these things work. You are making a lot of assumptions.
- One cannot assume just because one saw an object "bright" that it is always bright.
Satellites 36,000km that can usually be dimmer than mag. 12 can flare to mag. 2 with the right conditions.
- one cannot assume there are no other satellites around when one particular is seen.
Many objects pass on similar paths, with maybe just moments or minutes apart.
If you are not regularly tracking satellites with sensitive equipment you may not notice this, and instead be led to believe otherwise by the much smaller selection of satellites that are often visually resolved or happen to pass through an eyepiece...
But it is wrong to think that satellites are few and far between and the ones that are dim are always dim.....
- One also cannot assume that the object always exhibits such behavior.
Sometimes satellites break and amateurs notice.
Amateur satellite observers were helpful to JAXA with it's Hitomi X-Ray telescope satellite that broke because they notice irregularities that gave clues that JAXA didn't have access to with lost telemetry comms.....
"Amateur satellite trackers played a vital role in confirming and chronicling the tumble of Hitomi in orbit."......
Who's to say that you could have noticed something going awry that shouldn't have been like that.???
Everyone is free to observe how they wish and we all have different styles,
but there are consequences to not having better information.
It's like someone saying they heard a ghost train. And then someone else says "no you didn't, it was probably real."
It would be much easier to convince the one that it was indeed real if there were more data,
like: "I heard the ghost train at 9PM"
then the informed could say: "no, you heard the regular train from X that arrives at Y station at 9:05PM. You can look it up on the schedule.
Nothing "very strange" here at all. Very normal.......Just you never noticed before......