Color images of the Hawaii Deep Field

The Hawaii Deep Field is centered on the famous Hubble Deep Field (North) and was the target of a deep imaging campaign by UH astronomers (Luppino, Cowie, Tonry, Kaiser) using the UH8K camera on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The full field is 1/2 degree on a side --- about the size of the moon --- and reveals about 100,000 detectable faint galaxies.

Images were taken through two broad band filters; a red I-band filter and a bluer V-band filter. Altogether 24 I-band images and 28 V-band images, each of 20 minutes exposure time, were taken, to yield a total integration time of about 17 hours.

The images were processed using the 'imcat' software.

The intensity of the pixels (though not their colours) in this rendering have been logarithmically scaled in order to reveal both the bright galaxies and the much fainter 'cosmic wallpaper' of background galaxies.

You can browse the field with this viewer. Otherwise, in the image directory you will find a set of color images of various resolutions. The images are in jpeg format.