Sunday, August 29, 2010

NIO Does a Little Stargazing.

NIO managed to get in a little stargazing this evening. The Big Dipper was towards the North-West and NIO was able to capture an image with the maximum aperature available. The three stars in the upper left form the handle and Dipper itself is to the lower right. The two bottom stars are just barely visible but the star where the handle and dipper join is too faint to be seen at all.

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The stars were brightened relative to the background using a power law with the power, p, equal to 1.6. You may have to click to enlarge the photo to its original size.

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