Photographs of Stars, Star-Clusters and Nebulae: Together with Information Concerning the Instruments and the Methods Employed in the Pursuit of Celestial Photography

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 2010 - Science - 168 pages
A geologist and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Isaac Roberts (1829-1904) made significant contributions to the photography of star-clusters and nebulae. By championing reflecting rather than refracting telescopes, Roberts was able to perceive previously unnoticed star-clusters, and was the first to identify the spiral shape of the Great Andromeda Nebula. Roberts' use of a telescope for photographing stars, and a long exposure time, provided greater definition of stellar phenomena than previously used hand-drawings. Although Roberts' conclusions about the nature of the nebulae he photographed were not always correct, the book is significant for the possibilities it suggests for nebular photography. Published in London in 1893 and 1899, the two-volume Photographs of Stars represents the summation of his work with his assistant W. S. Franks at his observatory in Crowborough, Sussex. Volume 1 contains 51 collotype plates of stars, and descriptions of his instruments and methods.

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List op the Plates
Epoch op the Fiducial Stars A D 1900
Utility op the Photographic Charts
Method por testing the stability op a Photoinstrument
Description op the Photographs and references concerning them see List of Plates

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