Best results are obtained at 1024x768 resolution and 24 bit or True color. 800x600 works acceptably well also but higher resolution is preferred. In order to display the dynamic range and color of the photos as intended, it is important that you calibrate your monitor.
The step wedge displayed above (created by Chuck Vaughn) consists of 17 grayscale steps ranging from completely black to completely white. Adjust the brightness and contrast settings of your monitor so that the leftmost black step is as dark as possible and such that each step is distinctly different from its neighbors. This wedge was used to calibrate the monitor on which the astrophotos were created so matching my settings will display the photos as they were intended to be seen. Do not be surprised if you need to turn the contrast setting nearly all the way up. Some monitors may run out of range on the brightness setting so adjust the settings as best possible. Significant tint other than grey in the step wedge may indicate a need to adjust the color controls of the monitor if present or have the monitor adjusted
by a technician.
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