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M13 with different scaling/exposures - Starlight Live


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I did some experimentation with exposures on M13.  This was with an Orion ED80T-CF/AVX with the Ultrastar-C in Starlight Live.  I wouldn't typically use the X^0.25 non-linear scaling model on globs but decided to give it a shot and it worked great.

Typically, I'd do a shorter exposure.  Here's a 15x15s exposure (Linear).  The glob looks small, which in the past I just attributed to a smaller field of view.  I could brighten the image a bit but the core is easily blown out with linear.


Full size image:  http://www.astrobin.com/full/293934/0/


This time, I tried a longer exposure to bring out some of the fainter stars and get a bigger ball shape but it really blows out the inner stars.  However, with the X^0.25 setting instead of linear, I got a nice core and the fainter ones showed up giving a much more impressive image:

10x45s (X^0.25)


Full size image:  http://www.astrobin.com/full/293935/0/

My darks were set to 45s so a 15s exposure on X^0.25 didn't look very good.  Next time out, I'll try 15s at X^0.25 to compare it to the 15s linear shot directly.  See the section near figure 10a of Don's Lodestar Live manual for info on the non-linear scaling models.

Edited by Robrj
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