Photograph of lunar crater model

1850-1871 in England
James Hall Nasmyth

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One of 15 assorted photographs of Nasmyth's crater models illuminated at a low angle showing the region of Lunar Apennines and originally mounted in Nasmyth's own album. Illustrated in the book, 'The Moon' by Nasmyth & Carpenter (London, 1874), plate IX.

Made 1850-1871, this photograph shows a plaster relief model of the Moon's surface centred on the crater Archimedes and the Apennine lunar mountains. Constructed by James Nasmyth, a successful industrialist and engineer, it is based on lunar observations made at his 20-inch reflecting telescope. Working from his Moon drawings, he calculated the height of the lunar features by measuring the length of their shadows. These were then photographed with suitable lighting to produce better results than could be achieved at the timeusing direct lunar photography. Nasmyth went onto photograph a whole series of his lunar models. They were used to illustrate the book, 'The Moon' that Nasmyth published in 1871 with James Carpenter.


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card, complete, paper
frame: 377 mm x 306 mm x 33 mm,
overall (mount): 233 mm x 160 mm x 1.5 mm,
image: 187 mm x 150 mm
photographic print
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Mr D.J. Johnson

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