David Malin Images (DMI) is a source of high quality photographs of stars, galaxies and nebulae taken with some of the world's finest optical telescopes and by talented photographers using ordinary cameras. The images cover most of the sky on all angular scales, from the nearby constellations to the Milky Way and far distant galaxies.
Many of these pictures have been made by David Malin, mainly from plates taken with the telescopes of the Anglo-Australian Observatory. This collection is the first to use an additive (RGB) process with the express aim of creating true-colour images. These dep-sky pictures focus on stars and star-forming regions, globular clusters and the endless variety of galaxies. Other astronomical pictures, of star trails and constellations, were made with more modest equipment, both by David Malin and his associates David Miller and Akira Fujii, most of them in the days of film photography.
The pictures are divided according to their source and often according to subject matter as well. The individual pages below take you on a tour of the distant universe with professional telescopes. David Miller's images are beautiful views of the nearest star at the beginning and end of the day and the moon, set in the Australian landscape. In between are the constellations, the star colours vividly captured by Akira Fujii.
A new series of intriguing and attractive images are photomicrographs of crystals. These are images of science but are presented as abstract art. All the images on these pages are available as high resolution digital files.
Images derived from 35 mm slides
Images derived from 6 x 9 cm films
Images from 4 x 5 inch films
Images derived from micrographs.
Australian twilight and night-time landscapes from David Miller
|The air above||The colours of the sky from aurorae to lightning and foggy mornings.|
|The clouds||Cloudscapes, the ever-changing forms and colours of -- water vapour|
|The twilight||The colours of the sunrise, sunset and earth's shadow|
|The night||Australian night-time landscapes; rich colours beneath unpolluted skies|
|The constellations||The fixed patterns of the stars at night|
|The Moon||The ashen light and the apparent size of the Moon at perigee and apogee|
|The Sun||The distorted Sun on the horizon, sunspots and timelapse sunsets|
|The stars and planets||The enduring dance of the planets among the Moon and stars|
|All 88 constellations||With constellation boundaries, outlines and named stars|
|Wide angle star fields||Wide field views containing many constellations|
|Planets and stars||The planets wander among the stars|
|Binocular views||Photographs corresponding to binocular and small telescope views|
|Star trails||Star trails and other images with stationary camera|
|The Sun||Photographs of the Sun and solar eclipses|
|The Moon||Photographs of the Moon and lunar eclipses|
|Comets and aurorae||Occasional celestial vistors, the comets and aurorae|
|Galaxies||Wide field images of galaxies|
|Galaxies (deep)||Very deep images of nearby galaxies (find your favourite bright galaxy!)|
|Emission nebulae||Spectacular clouds of glowing gas|
|Star clusters and groups||Groups of stars, old and new|
|Reflection nebulae||Starlight reflected from tiny dust grains between the stars|
|Dark nebulae||Dark clouds of gas and dust in the Milky Way|
|Planetary nebulae||The endpoints of sun-like stars|
|Supernovae!||Supernovae (exploding stars) and their remnants|
|Unusual stars||Extreme stars and their influence on their environment|
|AAO Favourites||The most popular images in the AAO collection|
|Messier catalogue||Objects in Messier's catalogue extended (nominally non-stellar) objects|
|Complete AAO listing||A searchable list of almost all AAO images (by name, NGC, IC and Messier number)|
|Camera pictures||Telescopes, locations and star trails taken with ordinary cameras|
|Commercial use||Availability and use of AAO images|
|Digital image files||Availability and use of digital files|
|Copyright and credits||Copyright information and credit line details|
|Technical info (AAT images)||Dates and exposure details of the original plates and derivatives|
|Technical info (UKST images)||Dates and exposure details of the original plates and derivatives|
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 proud to be a consultant to TWAN.