Moon showing the area of Copernicus 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 ...


Two negatives of the moon showing the area of Copernicus. One of the plates has been cropped used lined writing paper. There is handwritten text on the paper.


The image was photographed by James Short and Henry Chamberlain Russell on the 14th August 1891 at Sydney Observatory, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Russell, Henry Chamberlain 1891

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Moon showing the area of Copernicus 1891 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <>
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