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"This book is truly a magnum opus, a labour of love, and a great work of scholarship. It is authoritative, detailed, thorough, superbly illustrated, well referenced, and all-encompassing. There is no nook or cranny of the history of astronomical photography or its proponents that has not been investigated, noted, and embellished with a relevant image. It is worth every single cent of its price. It is an essential addition to every astronomy library. Anyone with even a vague interest in the development of astrophysics will need to have this book to hand; it is a vital and reliable starting place for any historical research into the last two centuries of astronomical endeavour." Professor David W. Hughes, 'Observatory' magazine, February 2015. Read Full Review Here:

Origins of Astrophography
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A Leaf attributed to Thomas Wedgwood, c1800; Nicephore Niepce: 'First Photograph', 1826
"In 1851 Scott Archer and Dr. Diamond introduced the collodion process in practical form, and this finally prepared the way for such a worker as Mr. De La Rue; for the introduction of the collodion process was an event in photography second only in importance to the discovery by Daguerre in 1839."


Lady Margaret Lindsay Murray Huggins (1848-1915). 

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I.0 Origins of Astrophotography
Includes all four chapters on the 'Origins of Astrophotography'. Buy at a discounted price, i.e. those on Louis Daguerre & Nicephore Niepce, Frederick Scott Archer, Richard Leach Maddox and Astronomical Photographic Processes.
Part I

I.1 Louis Daguerre & Nicephore Niepce
Louis Daguerre, the Parisian showman whose Daguerreotype photographic process was announced to the world in 1839, made possible with the help of Nicephore Niepce.

I.2 Frederick Scott Archer
Frederick Scott Archer, the sculptor turned chemist who introduced the wet collodion photographic process in 1851.

I.3 Richard Leach Maddox
Richard Leach Maddox, the Medical Doctor who in 1871 first published the 'Gelatino-Bromide' or 'dry' plate photographic process.

I.4 Astronomical Photographic Processes
Main photographic processes and technologies used in Astrophotography, including the Daguerreotype, Collodion, Gelatino-Bromide and CCD.

The life and work of the early pioneers of photography including Daguerre, Scott Archer, Leach Maddox and Fox Talbot; and the photographic processes and technologies used in Astrophotography.

Dr. Stefan Hughes began his career as a professional astronomer, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Astronomy from the University of Leicester in 1974 and his PhD four years later on the 'Resonance Orbits of Artificial Satellites due to Lunisolar Perturbations', which was published as a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. After graduating he became a Research fellow in Astronomy, followed by a spell as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary College, London. Then came a ten year long career as an IT Consultant. In 'mid life' he spent several years retraining as a Genealogist, Record Agent and Architectural Historian, which he practiced for a number of years before moving to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where for the past ten years he has been imaging the heavens, as well as researching and writing the 'Catchers of the Light' - A History of Astrophotography.

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