If one is watching a relativistic object of e.g. spherical shape, which emits enough light to be detectable, it will, despite being Lorentz contracted, appear of its natural shape, although rotated. This phenomenon is called Terrel rotation$^\dagger$.
Citing wikipedia on Lorentz contraction, "length contraction is the phenomenon of a decrease in length measured by the observer of an object which is traveling at any non-zero velocity relative to the observer". So, how can the observer actually measure this decrease in length? Can it be somehow done in a non-relativistic regime of a measurement apparatus?
$^\dagger$Russian version of the page gives more detail with some pictures