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Author Nasim, Omar W., 1976- author

Title Observing by hand : sketching the nebulae in the nineteenth century / Omar W. Nasim
Published Chicago, Illinois : The University of Chicago Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents Introduction; Prologue; 1. Consolidation and Coordination: Lord Rosse and His Assistants; 2. Use and Reception: Biography of Two Images; 3. Conception and Perception: E.P. Mason and Sir John F.W. Herschel; 4. Skill and Instrumentation: William Lassell and Wilhelm Tempel; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary Today we are all familiar with the iconic pictures of the nebulae produced by the Hubble Space Telescope's digital cameras. But there was a time, before the successful application of photography to the heavens, in which scientists had to rely on handmade drawings of these mysterious phenomena. 'Observing by Hand' sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in the 19th century contributed to astronomical observation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 7, 2014)
Subject Astronomers -- History -- 19th century
Astronomy -- History -- 19th century
Nebulae -- Observations -- History -- 19th century
SCIENCE / General.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022608440X