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Advances in Astrophotography – The First Photo of the Moon

Advances in Astrophotography – The First Photo of the Moon

It used to be the reserve of the super rich or elite astronomical societies, but with advances in technology, very clear and detailed photographs of the night sky can be produced by anyone.

Cheap web camera technology coupled with ingenious software has allowed amateur astronomers to get photographs of objects in our solar system that are on par with professional photos of only a few years ago, and the availability of DSLR cameras has opened up deep sky objects to everyone.

Through this series of posts I am going to touch on some of the milestones in astrophotography.

Lets start at the beginning.

The First Photograph of the Moon

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On January 2 1839, Louis Daguerre, right, made history by applying photography to astronomy. He took a photo of the Moon, although this print never survived. Photography was in its infancy and Daguerre was one of its pioneers.

His method called daguerreotype, was the first to be commercially available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few months after this an English man called John W. Draper took another photo of the which has survived. This silver platinum plate of the moon was the first of a series that he shot with the assistance of a telescope. He later presented these photos to the Science Academy.

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