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Moon showing the area of Sea of Tides 1891

Made 1890-1900

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 the Sea of Tides, glass / gelatin, used at Sydney Observatory, photograph by James Short and H. C. Russell, Sydney, 1890-1900

On plate 'August 13 No. 7'.


165 mm
215 mm



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Moon showing the area of Sea of Tides 1891 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 March 2017, <>
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