Photograph of the Moon

Photograph of the Moon

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Henry Draper (1837-1882) was a physician in New York City and pioneer of astronomical photography. During the Civil War, he installed a reflecting telescope of his own construction in a small observatory on the grounds of his parents’ home in Hastings-on-Hudson and captured several remarkable images that could withstand enlargement. This is one of those images. The caption reads "Photograph of the Moon Taken by Prof. Henry Draper, M.D. with Silvered-Glass Telescope, 15 1/2 inches Aperture. Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Sept. 3, 1863."
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Photograph of the Moon
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Draper, Henry
overall: 76.2 cm x 64 cm x 3 cm; 30 in x 25 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
overall: 30 in x 25 in x 1 1/4 in; 76.2 cm x 63.5 cm x 3.175 cm
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