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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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Ever since 1843, when Hippolyte Fizeau and Leon Foucault began taking the first images of the Sun, photography has been an important tool in helping man to understand the physics of our star. In the years since, many telescopes both on the ground and in space have been trained on its surface. With each passing generation we begin to understand more about the complex processes which make our Sun shine; and which ultimately supports all life on Earth.

 

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Number of Pages: 39

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Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 42

Number of Notes/References: 57

 

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The Author would also like to thank: Bill Jay, and www.billjayonphotography.com, the Astronomical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal, Academie des Sciences Francaise, the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California; the Jena University Observatory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, the Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives, the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the Science Museum, Kensington, London, the Mount Wilson Observatory, the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago, the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA 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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The earliest surveys of the face of the Sun were carried out by eye and later telescopes were used to project images onto a screen. Then photography was then used to capture its spots.  Today images are obtained from the orbiting solar observatories.

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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