Lunar photograph taken with the Kew Photoheliograph

1860-1862 in London
Warren de la Rue

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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, shows the half-phase of the Moon at first 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.


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complete, glass and paper
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
  • positive - photograph
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
  • positive - photograph
  • photographic print
Mr Warren De la Rue

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