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Star photograph Kappa Crucis 1890

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1890.

In 1887 H. C. Russell, Government Astronomer at Sydney Observatory, agreed to be a part of a photographic project of international significance. This was the ‘Carte du Ciel’ or ‘’Mapping the Stars’’ project which saw Australian observatories engaged in mapping of the stars in the southern section of the heavens using photography.

A special photographic telescope, often referred to as the ‘Star camera’, was made for the project by and June 1891 the was complete except for the special measurin...


Photographic negative, the stars of the Milky Way showing the area around Kappa Crucis, glass / gelatin, used at Sydney Observatory, photograph by James Short and H. C. Russell, Sydney, 28 May, 1890 (attributed)

Title written on paper envelope. 'May 28' scratched into plate.


163 mm
214 mm



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Star photograph Kappa Crucis 1890 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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