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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:

Lunar Astrophotography
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II - Lunar Astrophotography
First Quarter, Lewis M. Rutherfurd, 1865; Copernicus Crater, George W. Ritchey, c1910
"A portion of the figure was very distinct," declared the minutes of the meeting, "but owing to the motion of the Moon, the greater part was confused. The time occupied was twenty minutes, and the size of the figure was about one inch in diameter. Daguerre had attempted the same thing but did not succeed. This is the first time that anything like a distinct representation of the moon’s surface has been obtained."
On John William Draper’s first Lunar photograph of 1840.
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II.0 Lunar Astrophotography
Includes all four chapters on 'Lunar Astrophotography', i.e John William Draper, Maurice Loewy & Pierre Henri Puiseux, William Henry Pickering and Lunar Photographic Atlases. Buy at a discounted price.
Part II

II.1 John William Draper
John William Draper, the New York Professor of Chemistry who took the very first successful astronomical photograph of the Moon in 1840.

II.2 Maurice Loewy & Pierre Henri Puiseux
Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux, two Parisian astronomers, who were two of the finest Lunar Photographers of all time, who produced the monumental - 'Atlas Photographique De La Lune'.

II.3 William Henry Pickering
William Henry Pickering, the first to publish a complete Photographic Atlas of the Moon, who often came into conflict with his elder and more famous brother, Edward Charles Pickering over 'man made' canals on Mars and insect swarms on the Moon.

II.4 Lunar Photographic Atlases
Early lunar photography and the publication of the great atlas of William Henry Pickering and the even more momentous work of Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux - the 'Atlas Photographique De La Lune'

Lunar Astrophotography the early pioneering efforts of John William Draper, John Adams Whipple and Warren De La Rue up until today's space age digital photographic atlases.

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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