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  Featuring photographs by...

David Malin
Optical photomicrographs
Crystal micrographs 1 — 35 mm
Crystal micrographs 2 — 6x9
Crystal micrographs 3 — 4x5
Crystal micrographs 4 — misc

Akira Fujii
Wide angle night sky
The constellations
    Andromeda to Hydrus
The constellations
    Indus to Virgo
The constellations
    Wide field
The constellations
    The Milky Way and Crux
The planets among the stars
Binocular views
Star trails
Solar eclipses
The Moon and lunar eclipses
Comets and aurorae

David Miller
Twilight landscapes
The sun
The moon
The stars
The twilight
The night
The constellations
The clouds
The atmosphere

Australian Astronomical Observatory
AAO images pages
Galaxies and galaxy clusters
Emission nebulae
Star clusters and groups
Reflection nebulae
Dark and dusty nebulae
Planetary nebulae
Supernovae!
Unusual stars
Messier objects
Full listing (almost)
AAT images technical details
UKST images technical details

David Malin, 2016 January 29
David Malin Images
A source of specialised scientific images
Photo by Bob Bee, July 2010, on the roof of the Observatoire de Paris
David Malin on the roof of the
Observatoire de Paris

Photo by Bob Bee
David Malin Images is a specialised photographic library of inspirational and informative scientific photographs selected from a variety of sources. Each image is extensively documented and accompanied by an informative caption. All the images are available as high resolution digital files.

David Malin himself has had a long fascination with light and colour and the interface between art and science. He has been involved in scientific photography since the mid-1960s, initially using optical and electron microscopes and X-ray diffraction techniques to shed a new light on problems in pure and applied chemistry. Some of these images are featured on these pages.

In 1975, he joined the newly-created Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO, now the Australian Astronomical Observatory) as its photographic scientist, and applied his imaging techniques to studying much larger and more distant objects, including Malin 1, the first giant, low-surface-brightness galaxy discovered and still the largest known spiral system.

The AAO photographs (below) were made from glass negatives, mostly using plates from the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes. They were the first series of deep-sky astronomical images made using the now-universal additive, RGB color process designed to show telescopic objects in true colour. These images are hosted on the Australian Astronomical Observatory's images pages
M83, the Horsehead nebula and globular cluster a
      Spiral galaxy NGC 5236         The Horsehead nebula in Orion       Globular cluster NGC 6752

While his astronomical images are widely known, in an earlier life David also enjoyed making beautiful pictures using microscopes of various kinds. His work as a chemist involved studying organic crystalline materials, and these offered an endless variety of shapes and colours when seen in a polarising microscope.

About Akira Fujii
Akira fujii and David Malin
David Malin and Akira Fujii in Japan
Akira Fujii is a celebrated Japanese photographer who was a pioneer in the difficult art of making long-exposure, wide-field colour photographs of the night sky on large format colour film. This now done much more easily in the digital age, Akira Fujii's pictures are still among the best ever made.

His images have been published extensively, especially in Sky & Telescope magazine, as well as many books and and other periodicals. They are are admired for their distinctive style and accurate star colours. All Akira Fujii's pictures were made in-camera without digital manipulation.

Most of Akira Fujii's pictures were taken on large format transparency film, and these superb quality films have been scanned at high resolution to make the images seen on these pages.

TWAN logo -- TWAN-White-M.jpg The World at Night
The images above were made in the spirit of The World at Night, founded by Babak Tafreshi and is an initiative of Astronomy without Borders. The aim of both these organisations is to increase awareness of one of nature's most profound experiences, the subtle beauty of the night sky. David Malin is honoured to be a consultant to TWAN.