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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:

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Life and work of the early pioneers of photography: Louis Daguerre, Nicephore Niepce, William Henry Fox Talbot, Frederick Scott Archer and Richard Leach Maddox; and the photographic processes and technologies used in Astrophotography.
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I.0 Origins of Astrophotography
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Here you can read about the photographer who tested the 'speed' of his new photographic emulsion by using dynamite to blow off the head of a mule, and then proceeded to capture the grisly event on a photographic plate for posterity to revile and despise this sick and twisted individual..
 
Includes all four chapters on the Origins of Astrophotography:
  • I.1: Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre & Joseph Nicephore Niepce;
  • I.2: Frederick Scott Archer;
  • I.3: Richard Leach Maddox;
  • I.4: Astronomical Photographic Processes.
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Number of Pages: 109
Number of Snippet Panels: 62
Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 92
Number of Notes/References: 152
 
Buy Part I and make a considerable saving on the cost of the individual chapters.
 
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The Author would also like to thank: the Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas at Austin, the French Academie des Sciences, R. Derek Wood, George Eastman House, Time & Life Pictures, L’Eglise de Bry-sur-Marne, Ancestry.com, the Hertford Museum, the Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies Office, the Royal Astronomical Society of London, Sean MacKenna, the ‘Collodion Collective’ the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the  British Library, the Bath Record Office, the Bodleian Libray, the British Journal of Photography, Francis Frith.com, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Powys County Archives, Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers, FamilySearch.org of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas, NASA, the De Montfort University Leicester, George Eastman House, the Museum of Croydon, the Meade Corporation, the Santa Barbara Imaging Group, Starlight XPress, Mike Gannaway,  Gordon Haynes, Theodore Arampatzoglou, the  John Dillwyn Llewelyn Collection at the British Library, the Lick Observatory, the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook
 
 
I.0 Origins of Astrophotography
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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.

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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