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Comets in Camera

  • Nick James
  • Gerald North
Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Abstract

On 27 September 1858 an English photographer called William Usherwood obtained the first ever photograph of a comet. He used an f/2.4 portrait lens and a seven second exposure on a collodion photographic plate. The resulting image of Comet 1858 VI Donati showed the bright nucleus and a faint tail and the photographer was sufficiently excited to send a copy to a leading astronomer of the time, Richard Carrington.

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© Springer-Verlag London 2003

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  • Nick James
  • Gerald North

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