Catchers of the Light Books


"It is rare to find a magnum opus in astronomy that is so detailed, so interesting, and so expert over a wide range that it is hard to carry across the magnificence of this work...I highly recommend this .. to all with an interest either in the history of astronomy or in the history of photography." Jay M. Pasachoff, Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College; from April 2013 Newsletter of the Historical Astronomy Division, American Astronomical Society. See HAD News for full review. 

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Sky & Telescope April      
2013 Edition


Readers of Sky & Telescope have been learning about and buying the 'Catchers of the Light' after it was featured in the magazine's new product showcase: 


"ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY: Author Stefan Hughes has self-published Catchers of the Light: A History of Astrophotography ($79.99). This compendium chronicles the lives and contributions of the pioneers of astronomical photography, with an emphasis on the early pioneers of the 19th century. Each chapter is devoted to a particular astrophotographer, such as Henry Draper and John Adams Whipple, and includes little-known background information on the subjects relating to their lives. The book discusses the first astronomical photographs of the Moon and the development of spectroscopy all the way up to the growing role of the amateur astrophotographer in the modern digital age."


New York Metropolitan Museum


One of the world's greatest treasure houses - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has purchased the 'Catchers of the Light' for its Library, thus confirming this eBook's status as an invaluable source of reference on the History of Astronomical Photography; and indeed astronomy, astrophysics, history of science and photography in general.

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What it Contains

'Catchers of the Light' Photo Montage


'Catchers of the Light' - 9 Parts & 8 Appendices


'Catchers of the Light' - 1800 Photos 

 'Catchers of the Light' - 46 Pioneers

History of Astrophotography - First Complete, Detailed and Researched eBook
A History of Astrophotography

Catchers of the Light Printed Book


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'Catchers of  the Light' - eBook


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The 'Catchers of the Light'

“Every day our eyes catch the light of our memories – time spent with family, the journey to work, a special holiday, a beautiful sunset or a dark starlit night. Each image captured is a picture drawn in light – a photograph: only to be lost in our minds or forever forgotten. Nearly two hundred years ago a small group of amateur scientists achieved what had eluded mankind for centuries – the ability to capture a permanent record of an image seen by their own eyes – a moment in time frozen onto a surface. They had discovered Photography. They Were the Catchers of the Light". 

Catchers of the Light


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History of Astrophotography - Catchers of the Light is the first fully professionally researched and referenced Book on the subject.
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