Catchers of the Light Books


"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:

Our eBooks
The early work of Lewis Morris Rutherfurd; that of Sir William and Lady Huggins; the spectral classification of stars; the Potsdam studies of Vogel, Lohse and Scheiner; culminating in Hubble and Humason measurements of Galactic Redshifts.
Our eBooks - click headings below
History of Astrophotography Blog

Come visit 'Catcher' our colourful and vibrant Blog. Learn more about Astrophotography, its Historyand the pioneers who made it all possible.

Catcher Blog

Recent Blogs have included a piece on William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse and how his story is that of a Real 'Downton Abbey', the Story of God's astronomer - Father Pietro Angelo Secchi, Ten Famous Astronomical Photographs and the Leprechaun's Guide to Digital Photography - the true story of how the CCD camera was invented.

VI.5 Hermann Vogel, Oswald Lohse & Julius Scheiner
eBook Details
Item Name:
VI.5 Hermann Vogel, Oswald Lohse & Julius Scheiner
Item #:
Average Rating:

Product Image Gallery:
Hermann Carl Vogel (1841-1907), Wilhelm Oswald Lohse (1845-1915) and Julius Scheiner (1858-1913) were three of the great pioneers of Astronomical Photographic Spectroscopy. All three of them spent almost all of their working lives at the Potsdam Astrophysical Observatory and it was here that they made their most significant contributions to the then new science of Astrophysics. It was Vogel who first realized that photographs taken with modest telescopes were the equal of visual observations made with even the largest of telescopes. Lohse was the chemist who worked with Vogel all his life, providing his friend with the technology to photograph the ‘rainbows of the stars’ And it was Scheiner who proved conclusively through photographic spectroscopy that the ‘Great Andromeda Nebula’ was in fact an ‘island universe’ made up of stars.


Document profile:

Number of Pages: 35

No. of Snippet Panels: 32

Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 44

Number of Notes/References: 53



The Author is grateful to Klaus Staubermann, NASA, the Astronomische Nachrichten, the Bonn Observatory, the Potsdam Astrophysical Observatory, Royal Astronomical Society of London, the Royal Society of London for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.


VI.5 Hermann Vogel, Oswald Lohse & Julius Scheiner
Important Notice

The 'Catchers of the Light' eBooks on the History of Astrophotography can NOW be read on Windows PCs & Androids, Apple Macs and iPads. 

Our Customers can use ANY or ALL of the following THREE different formats to read the 'Catchers of the Light':

  • A PDF (Printed Document Format) version, which can only be read on a PC or an Apple Mac running Windows emulation software. This version does not require Internet Access to be read, please 'right click' and choose 'Save Target As' option to download the free PDF version of the 'Catchers of the Light' Introduction PDF;
  • 'flip page' version for a PC or Mac, which makes use of your Internet Browser. It is compatible with IE, Opera, Firefox, and Safari. An Internet Connection is required for this version to be read.For an example of this new eBook reading experience, please click: 'Catchers of the Light' Introduction (if you are using a PC or Mac to view this page);
  • An iPad or Android 'flip page' version. An Internet Connection is required for this version to be read. For an example of this new eBook reading experience, please click:  'iPad: Catchers of the Light' Introduction (if you are using an iPad or Android to view this page);
  • iBook Versions for all our eBooks are NOW AVAILABLE on the iTunes Store, and can be read using a Mac or iPad.

The free unencrypted introduction to the 'Catchers of the Light' - History of Astrophotography can also be read on any PC, Mac iPad or Kindle with pdf reader software installed. When purchasing the complete 'Catchers of the Light', customers will be provided with Access/Download Instructions for ALL of the above THREE versions of the eBook.

For further information on our eBooks and the 'anti-piracy' software used to protect them, see Our eBooks page.




Hermann Vogel, Oswald Loshe and Julius Scheiner, were three German astronomers who through the use of photographic spectroscopy studied the rainbows of heaven, in a quest to understand the very nature and structure of the stars.

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.

History of Astrophotography Credit Cards


Tales Banner

Powered by Catchers of the Light - A History of Astrophotography