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Moon showing the area of Copernicus 1891

Made 1891

Sometime around July 1891 Sydney Observatory received a new enlarging lens for the Sydney Observatory astrograph or star camera. This attachment, when combined enabled the observatory to take highly magnified images of double stars, the moon and other objects.

In 1890 H. C. Russell, the Government Astronomer, had made experiments using a Dallmeyer portrait lens and while proud of these photographs Russell felt the new lens combination enabled far more detail to be captured. After a series of t...


Photographic positive, the moon showing the area of Copernicus at scale of 20-inches, glass / gelatin, used at Sydney Observatory, photograph by James Short and H. C. Russell, Sydney, 1891


215 mm
165 mm



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Moon showing the area of Copernicus 1891 2013, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 March 2017, <>
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