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The Ages of Astrophotography 1839-2015
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The Ages of Astrophotography 1839-2015 Celebrating Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953)
Stefan Hughes - Januari 2016
Hardcover with 520 glossy pages
The Ages of Astrophotography is without doubt the most comprehensive
historical book about astrophotography. This beautifully illustrated book is
divided into nine chapters.
Stone Circles to Space Telescopes (1) describes the origin of the astrophotography through the camera
obscurae, Daguerreotype and collodion plates with the later development of dry
Lunatics (2) gives an overview of the first attempts to photograph the Moon.
Nineteenth-century photographs are compared with recordings of the same Lunar
territories by contemporary astrophotographers like Thierry Legault.
Sun Seekers (3) describes the fascination of astronomers like Warren De La Rue and
Bernard Lyot for our nearby star and the developing of the photo heliograph.
Modern Solar photographer Jean-Pierre Brahic shares his best solar photos.
Planets, Dwarfs and Vermin (4) is a chapter that focuses on astrophotography of objects in the
Solar System. Going from the first attempts to photograph the gas giants, to
detect comets and to photograph Near Earth Objects. Damien Peach and Christian Viladrich
describe how their passion grew for planetary photography of the outer gas
The Problem with Nebulae (5) provides an overview of Deep Sky objects such as star clusters,
nebulae in the Milky Way, gas clouds and extragalactic nebulae. Again, old
recordings are showcased against modern color shots by astrophotographers such
as Robert Gendler and Volker Wendel.
Rainbows of Heaven (6) describes the development of spectroscopy and groundbreaking
scientific findings such as the classification of stars. Auroras and nebulae
are also covered.
Surveyors of the Sky (7) focuses on photometry and astrometry, the Carte du Ciel project and
the current sky surveys in both hemispheres.
Coming of the Astro Graph (8) provides a comprehensive overview of the development of telescopes
designed for astrophotography. From the first apochromic refractors, the Coudé
refractor, the use of silver coatings on large mirror telescopes such as the 91
cm reflector Crossely and reflectors on Mount Wilson observatory which enabled
Edwin Hubble to make his historical discoveries. Opticians like George Ritchey,
Henri Chrétien, Bernhard Schmidt and Tom Johnson are extensively discussed. The
author gives a brief overview of contemporary telescopes used by amateur
Plates, Films & Chips (9) describes the history of various media such as photography in the
panchromatic plates, Kodak film to modern photon-sensitive CCDs.
The book concludes with an alphabetical list of astronomers, an appendix and an extensive bibliography.
The author, Stefan Hughes, is a historian/
astronomer with a passion for astrophotography and genealogy (family tree
research). His interest for ancestral research and the lineage of families gave
rise to his first book "Catchers of the Light - The Forgotten Lives of the
Men and Women who First Photographed the Heavens" in which he focuses on
the background of the first astro photographers and astronomers 19th and 20th
centuries. The second book, "The Ages of Astrophotography" is a
must-read sequel which fits well on every astronomer's book shelf!
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