From: email@example.com(Nancy )
Subject: Re: Tholen Caught DOCTORING Hale-Bopp Images!
Date: 4 Mar 1997 16:44:52 GMT
In article <5fg3gh$1cu@news.Hawaii.Edu> David Tholen
>> Row , having the same area as Row , is dimmer BUT THE
>> SURROUNDING STARS ARE THE SAME INTENSITY
> Of course; that's the way stretching works. Anything above a
> certain threshold setting is made "white". Once beyond that
> setting, the stars won't get any brighter.
How convenient, then, that the THREE STARS CLUSTERED WITH WHAT YOU'RE CALLING HALE-BOPP GET BRIGHT RIGHT ALONG WITH HALE-BOPP, but ALL the other myriad stars in the image DO NOT!!!!! In fact, the cluster including the Hale-Bopp thingie has a life of its own, almost as though it were separate from the rest of the image! Folks, I'm not talking about a slight brightening here, the central cluster around what is termed Hale-Bopp becomes umpteen times brighter than ANY of the surrounding stars, of which there are 20 or more. I'll count the pixtels to dramatize this.
|Dim Stars||Bright Stars||HB Thingie||HB Cluster Stars|
|ROW 5||7, 4, 4||7, 4, 3||15||13, 14, 12 pixtels|
|ROW 6||7, 4, 4||6, 3, 3||9||4, 6, 3 pixtels|
|ROW 7||4, 3, 4||3, 2, 1||4||1, 2, 0 pixtels|
Now by normal stars I'm talking about THE WHOLE SURROUNDING FRAME - 43 or so stars, compared to 3 stars clustered with the Hale-Bopp thingie. And how does this stretch work, David, when many of the surrounding stars were as dim as the the Hale-Bopp cluster but didn't participate in the stretch! Its almost like you've got a couple SEPARATE stretches here, David, at least that's what it looks like.