The Hawaii Deep Field is centered on the famous Hubble Deep Field (North) and was the target of a deep imaging campaign by a group of UH astronomers using the UH8K camera on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The full field is 1/2 degree on a side, or about the size of the moon, and the images were taken to study galaxy evolution, galaxy clustering, and gravitational lensing.
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 brightest objects in the field are foreground stars in the Milky Way. However, the overwhelming majority of objects visible (of which about 100,000 are detectable) are faint, high redshift galaxies.
The intensity of the pixels (though not their colors) in this rendering have been logarithmically scaled in order to reveal both the relatively bright foreground galaxies and the much fainter `cosmic wallpaper' of background galaxies.