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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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From the Bonds of Harvard's first stellar photographs; to Henry Draper's first image of the 'Great Orion' Nebula; to the photographs of Isaac Roberts, William Edward Wilson and James Edward Keeler up until those taken by modern space telescopes.
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V.0 Deep Space Astrophotography
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Includes all nine chapters on Deep Space Astrophotography:
  • V.1: Bonds of Harvard
  • V.2: Benjamin Apthorp Gould;
  • V.3: Henry Draper;
  • V.4: Isaac Roberts;
  • V.5: William Edward Wilson;
  • V.6: James Edward Keeler;
  • V.7: Edward Emerson barnard;
  • V.8: Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming;
  • V.9: Photographing DSOs.
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Number of Pages: 274
Number of Snippet Panels: 213
Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 306
Number of Notes/References: 411
Buy Part V and make a considerable saving on the cost of the individual chapters.
The Author is especially grateful to: Stephen Waldee and the late Martha Hazen for their work on correctly attributing the discovery of the ‘Horsehead’ to Williamina Fleming. Thanks also to William Clere Leonard Wilmer Brendan Parsons, 7th Earl of Rosse; William Sheehan, Robert Welter Davy, Timothy Wright, Santiago Paoloantonio, Eduardo, R. Minniti, Geoffrey J. Martin, Peter Frankland, Patricia Tuck Frankland, John C. McConnell, the Buildings of Ireland, the Dundee City Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge;, the Paris Observatory, the Buildings of Ireland, the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage;,, the Museo Astronómico, National University of Cordoba; the Dudley Observatory, Albany, New York; the American National Academy of Sciences, the Boston Latin School, the New York Times, the Columbia University of New York; the Liverpool Museum, the Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society;, the Astronomische Nachrichten, the Astrophysical Journal, the Cape of Good Hope Observatory, the Dorchester Athenaeum, Dorchester, Massachusetts; the Geneva Observatory (Jungfraujoch), the Harvard College Observatory, NASA, the Heidelberg Observatory, the Lick Observatory, the Mount Wilson Observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Records and Administration, Washington DC; the National Museum of American History, Washington DC; the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the Royal Society of London, Westmeath County Council, the Science Museum, South Kensington, London; Scotland's People, the Official Genealogical Resource Site; the Smithsonian Institution, the Village of Streete, the Vanderbilt Observatory, Vassar College, 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.
V.0 Deep Space Astrophotography
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Includes all nine chapters on 'Deep Space Astrophotography', i.e those on William Bond & George Bond, Benjamin Gould, Henry Draper, Isaac Roberts, James Edward Keeler, Edward Barnard, Williamina Fleming and Photographing DSOs. Buy at a discounted price.

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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