Rutherfurd Photograph of the Moon

Lewis M. Rutherfurd built an observatory in the garden of his house in lower Manhattan in 1856, and installed a refracting telescope achromatized for the photographic rays. He took this remarkable lunar image in March 1865, three days after first quarter, and sent copies to astronomers in the United States and abroad.
This example came from Princeton University. It is marked "Lewis M. Rutherfurd" and "N. Y. March 6, 1865." It measures 23⅞ inches high x 17½ inches wide.
Ref: D. J. Warner, "Lewis M. Rutherfurd: Pioneer Astronomical Photographer and Spectroscopist," Technology and Culture 12 (1971): 190-216.
Currently not on view
Object Name
moon photo
date made
Rutherfurd, Lewis Morris
place made
United States: New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Princeton University

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