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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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In 1871, Richard Leach Maddox (1816-1902) first published the use of Gelatino-Bromide to the create dry photographic plates. It was this process which began the next revolution in Astrophotography. Its increased sensitivity over that of the collodion process meant that images of Deep Space Objects (DSOs) could be obtained for the very first time, by pioneers such as Henry Draper, Isaac Roberts, William Edward Wilson, James Edward Keeler and others. It was later found out that many of these objects lie at distances millions of light years beyond the boundaries of our own insignificant 'Milky Way' star system.

 

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Number of Pages: 18

Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 13

Number of Snippet Panels: 11

Number of Notes/References: 35

 

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The Author would also like to thank: 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, for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.

 

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

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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