Here an artistic consideration is made. I made the decision to highlight various elements of the image. The bright stars, basically in the foreground, are lost among the multitudes of others in the Milky Way. Thus here we make a mask and preferentially show these luminaries a bit brighter. Later the other stars will be de-emphasized creating an even more effective juxtaposition.
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