Eta Argus (now Eta Carinae), 1891

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1891.

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 measuring ...


Photographic negative, the stars showing the area around Eta Argus (now Eta Carinae), glass / gelatin emulsion, used at Sydney Observatory, photograph by James Short and H. C. Russell, 30 December, Sydney, 1891

A glass plate negative featuring an image of the area around Eta Argus. The plate was originally stored in a paper envelope with handwritten text describing and dating the image.


158 mm
158 mm



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Eta Argus (now Eta Carinae), 1891 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2017, <>
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