Chart Differences

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Andy Wilson

There are a couple of other factors which will change how the chart looks.

First it will depend on which filter, filters or unfiltered were used when acquiring the image. I suspect the AAVSO chart is showing magnitudes for a V filter, so you would expect similar results when using a V filter on your camera. However, unfiltered or RGB would cause the stars to appear at different relative brightness. For example very red stars will typically appear much brighter in an unfiltered image.

The other factor is variable stars. You will occasionally come across other stars in your field which vary in magnitude by a sufficient degree to look different. Indeed great care has to be taken when producing charts for variable star measurement, to ensure that non of the comparison stars are themselves variable.

Nice image by the way 🙂

Best wishes,