Where are the “D” stories?

This is a short post to answer that question . . .

. . . because of stuff, the stories will be up and running tomorrow.

Meanwhile, look at this photo.

Nikon D7500 and Nikon 80-400mm lens at 400mm (600 eq).

Beautiful ain’t it?

Here, let me give you a crop of that shot . . .

Cropped Nikon D7500 and Nikon 80-400mm lens at 400mm (600 eq).

That would be Saturn on September 7, 2019 around 7:30 pm.

Here’s another cropped shot to prove it’s really Saturn . . .

Cropped Nikon D7500 and Nikon 80-400mm lens at 400mm (600 eq).

I mean, would I fake two photos? Heck, if I were to fake them, wouldn’t I make it a little better, like maybe this:

NASA Photo

Really, for a handheld shot — mine, not NASA’s — it’s not bad.

I did this before, years ago . . . and here I am doing it again:

Nikon D7500 and Nikon 70-300mm lens at 260mm (520 eq).


Nope; here, let me crop the image and “enhance it” a bit.

Cropped Nikon D7500 and Nikon 70-300mm lens at 260mm (520 eq).

What the heck is it?

It’s Jupiter and its four big moons.

Get out of here! Really?

Here’s a shot from THIS site showing the position of the moons at the time of the capture.

It’s interesting to me how much I can “see” with fairly rudimentary equipment.

It’s also neat watching them change positions.

Anyway, the “D” stories should be up tomorrow. Hope you can all wait that long.

Meanwhile, a couple of pictures (modified using the Android app Kaleider — fun to play with, it is). Interesting thing . . . I reviewed and interacted with the programmer to help debug an issue I experienced with an earlier version. Just to be clear, I made a few suggestions and tested the software but I take no credit for anything related to the software.

Anyway, see if you can guess what the original photos depicted.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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12 Responses to Where are the “D” stories?

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I would venture to say that your bottom photos are of a frying pan with oil.

    Anyway, I love, love, love your Saturn and Jupiter photos! It’s awesome to be able to see these glorious planets!


    • disperser says:

      Right you are.

      As for the planets, people forget that all you need is a halfway decent pair of binoculars which — likely — are better than what Galileo had to work with. He had about a 30x telescope, but the optics of the lenses weren’t as good as what they are today, so even a cheap telescope or binoculars will see more.

      He couldn’t resolve the rings, so he thought Saturn had “ears” or maybe two very close moons. The reason he could see Jupiter’s moons is that they were far enough from the planet (and each other) and appeared as points of lights (stars). Because they moved, he figured out they must be moons.

      I’ve taken photos where two moons are close to each other and look more like one bigger point of light. Also, when close to Jupiter, its brightness masks the reflection of the moons. The key was observations over a period of time.

      Anyway, yes, I think it’s neat being able to see more than a bright spot.

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  2. Wowza! Whether you are photographing planets in space or flying pans…er…frying pans…you take amazing photos!
    Your planet photos are so cool to see!
    Your oil patterns are quite artistic!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…I was gonna’ share some planet puns, but oil just leave now instead.

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  3. Louise says:

    Wow, I really love the Saturn pictures and the moons of Jupiter. It’s hard to believe a camera can zoom in that much!! It’s like a telescope! Amazing photos.


    • disperser says:

      They are neat to see.

      Just to be clear, the first pictures (the ones with just a dot) is what the camera and lens sees (what I see through the viewfinder).

      Then, it’s a matter that the camera captures a lot of detail and I can crop the photo (practically the same as enlarging it). My other camera wouldn’t show that much detail, even though it can zoom more.

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  4. Geri says:

    The photos are fabulous and amazing!!!!
    My favorite is Jupiter!!!!


  5. Ggreybeard says:

    Good to see you doing astronomy again – and demonstrating that the predictions of astronomers can not only be shown on an app but will also be proven true. It happens every time.

    Due to their very quick orbits, it is not uncommon to see Io and Europa together as a pair like that but it always looks spectacular!

    I haven’t seen any notifications of your new posts for a few weeks and it turns out I need to re-follow. Something happened, not sure what.


    • disperser says:

      “Doing Astronomy” is a stronger assessment than warranted given I snapped a few photos, but thanks.

      And, yes, I occasionally get trapped in thinking people I follow aren’t posting when in actuality the subscription got dropped.

      This has been an ongoing issue and you don’t know unless you regularly make the rounds of the blogs. That’s the only time I use the Reader option: once a month or so (or when I remember) I scroll through all the blog I follow and check the recent posts (the Reader usually remembers subscriptions whereas the notification process seems to glitch).

      If I see a post I don’t recognize, I check my e-mail subscriptions to make sure they are still active.


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