This should be very easy, but I can't make it to work properly. I need to add a circular disk in the following ListPlot code:

dot[gamma_] := Disk[{gamma, gamma 5}, 0.25]

graph1[gamma_] := ListPlot[
    Table[{x, gamma x^2},
        {x, -4, 4, 0.5}
Frame -> True,
Ticks -> All,
GridLines -> Automatic,
GridLinesStyle -> Directive[GrayLevel[0.5], Dashed],
PlotRange -> All,
PlotStyle -> Thick,
Joined -> True,
Mesh -> None,
InterpolationOrder -> 4,
Epilog -> {Red, dot[gamma]}  (* This disk should stay circular, not oval! *)


Currently, the red disk is a deformed oval. I need it to stay circular, whatever the AspectRatio of the plot. What's wrong with this code?

  • 4
    $\begingroup$ Add AspectRatio -> Automatic, or use Point instead of Disk. $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 15:44
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ If the image aspect ratio does not equal the coordinate aspect ratio, then circles appears as ellipses. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 15:45

1 Answer 1


Change to use Offset:

dot[gamma_] := Disk[{gamma, gamma 5}, Offset[{4, 4}]]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ What is the Offset in the Disk? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ Please change to {10,4} as an example to see the effect. Also press F1 for the doc page that has example(s). $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Cham It's the radius. Look up Offset and Scaled, etc. It's a question of image coordinates vs. graphics coordinates....See docs for Plot > Options > Epilog > 2nd example. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a way to make the point size "absolute", i.e the same size on screen whatever the AspectRatio and whatever the PlotRange? $\endgroup$
    – Cham
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't it compliant with those two requirements already? $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 16:06

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