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Zoom In on the Moon With This Unassuming Digital Camera

If you want to capture a photo of something really far away, typically you'd need a DSLR camera with a really big zoom lens. But Gizmodo recently shared a video that someone shot using Nikon's COOLPIX P900, a compact camera with a zoom that goes from street level to the surface of the moon in a matter of seconds. There are no editing tricks at play, just some really powerful components built into a camera that weighs less than two pounds.

According to Nikon's specs for the COOLPIX P900, the camera has an 83x optical zoom, which is the equivalent of a lens with a 2000mm focal length. On top of that, the camera has a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens that doubles the focal length to 4000mm, and a digital zoom that almost doubles that. Because of the model's incredible zooming abilities, Nikon has already anticipated lots of moon pics and has even shared some tips on how to shoot for the moon, from using the built-in "Moon Scene Mode" to expose for the light of a full moon to using the P900's vibration reduction to stabilize the image. 

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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