Wow....I never expected this kind of a response. Sorry I didn't get back here sooner, my picture threads aren't usually that active.
As a few
others have pointed out (thank you, btw) I am not new here to ATS. If you check out my profile you'll see that I have posted dozens of pictures here
over the years. My main intent was to share the phenomenon of the double sun dogs with the added extra fun of 'name that smudge'.
Since there IS so much interest in it, I'll give you some more info and some other pics for comparison.
I took these from my backyard yesterday in the afternoon (around four). I was standing (although for sun halos I usually have to lay down. I didn't
have to for this one). It was finally a nice, sunny day without any rain or moisture. I used my good 'ole Nikon D40, and I DID have a filter on it
(screw on cap kind). I cleaned both my lense and the filter prior to taking the pictures. I did a no-no with a digital camera and took a picture of
the sun. (it can burn out pixels) In order to do this, I auto-focused it and then switched it to manual to snap the pic. I was looking to the SW, so
the 'object' is to the NE of the sun.
I did NOT see anything there when I took the picture. I took several more pictures afterwards, but this was the first of them (for the day).
Unfortunately, even though I recently cleaned out my lense, I discovered I have some new dust bunnies in there. I went ahead and circled them for you
on the original picture. As you can see, they are nothing like the other spot in question.
I am not a 'professional' photographer...but it is a big hobby of mine and I've taken thousands upon thousands of images of the past few years.
I've seen some questionable things before, but just brush it off to something on the lense. This is probably the most interesting, just becuase of
the shape and dimension to it.
I have gone over the other pictures taken yesterday very closely and while I found a few buds, birds and unrecognizable spots...nothing even close to
spot in question.
I am quite certain it isn't: an orb, dust on my lense, lense flare, water drop, venus or nirubu (did i spell that right?), a booger or photoshop
What I think it could be: something in between my outer lense and the filter, a bug very close in flight
Other unlikely possibilities: something high up in the atmosphere moving very fast (wouldn't it be blurred though?) wierd digital 'noise'
Personally, I'm still going with the death star.
Here is the first pic with the dust bunnies circled:
Here is the second picture I took....probably about 10 seconds later. Same properties, etc. As you can see...nothing there. I didn't even lower my
camera in between them...if it were a planet or something moving slowly, it would still be there. I also think that if it were something on the
lense, there would be something there. Maybe it wouldn't look quite the same, but there would be something there.
I took this next one a few minutes later from a different location (across the street from my house). Zooming in, I can find a few birds or maybe
bugs...but nothing similar.
So there you have it. Hope you enjoy the pictures, irregardless of the mystery spot.