Lunar photograph taken with the Kew Photoheliograph

Made:
1860-1862
photographer:
Warren de la Rue
and
Warren de la Rue
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Two of four diapositive photographs in passe partout frame showing the Sun during the partial phase of the 1860 solar
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

One of four diapositive photographs in passe partout frame showing the Moon, originals taken by Warren De La Rue using the Kew photoheliograph.

Photographic glass slide, taken around 1858-1862, showing the gibbous phase of the Moon at last quarter. The picture taken by Warren De La Rue (1815-1889), a pioneer of astrophotography, was obtained using his 13-inch reflecting telescope at his observatory at Cranford, Middlesex. This was a difficult task, as the then available wet collodion plates were insensitive to light compared to modern films. This required exposures of several minutes through his telescope using a clock-driven equatorial mounting.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1862-122/1
Materials:
glass and paper
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
  • positive - photograph
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
  • positive - photograph
  • photographic print
credit:
Mr Warren De la Rue

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