From what I can tell, the Ant Nebula is actually quite a red object, which makes it difficult to work with since most of the filters it’s been observed through are also red. I tried a few possibilities but ended up just using the set of filters I usually go with.
I’m not sure if I’m imagining this but it kind of looks like there is a rather large amount of dust spreading out from the “waist” of the ant and touching the edges of the image frame. The stars in that area just seem a bit dimmer to me.
Green: hst_06856_01_wfpc2_f656n_wf_sci + hst_09050_02_wfpc2_f656n_pc_sci
North is NOT up
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt
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