page is the gateway to a unique collection of wide-field
astronomical photographs, mostly made with the telescopes of the
Australian Astronomical Observatory by
Navigating the pages
The menu at left gives access to the image files in several ways. The
most rapid is from the simple text lists, including a searchable list
of all objects, useful if you know what you are looking for. The most
convenient (but slightly slower) access is from the thumbnail pictures.
Both link directly to the captioned images. If you really don't know
what you want, have a look at the 50
About the photographs
These are some of the finest wide-field astronomy pictures made with
professional telescopes anywhere and every effort has been made to
capture the true colours of distant stars, galaxies and nebulae using
photographic techniques and CCD detectors. The images have detailed
captions and the full NGC 2000.0 catalogue entry. Galaxy images also
carry NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) data links.
All images, new and old are available as TIF or JPG files in a
range of standard sizes up to 100Mb (23 x 28.5cm, 600dpi TIF or JPG).
These uniquely high res images are intended for film and TV zoom sequences and for high quality publications. Contact us for more details.
The AAT's prime focus has recently been upgraded to accommodate a new
generation of highly sensitive CCD detectors. The first colour images made
with the new facility are now available, currently only in digital
form. Most of the photographic images have recently been digitally
re-mastered from the original 3-colour separations. This has allowed us
to create new, high resolution versions of many existing images and
some new pictures that could not be made photographically.