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Old 07-09-2009, 11:34 AM
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Pre 1920's- Sydney Observatory Images

Hi all!! I am sure most enthusiasts, would have already tracked copies of these plates down.

These are held by the Powerhouse Museum, they have been recently uploaded to their complete online inventory. I am aware that Maquarie Uni holds more, yet these are online and viewable.

The images uploaded were small, yet with Opera enlarge page, and tweaking their zoom function I managed to aquire some decent copies.

Thought this may save others some time, if they were interested too.
I have added text desciptions quickly, sorry I have encroached on some of the images. I wish I hadn't.


These images are NOT copyrighted and therefore free to use for educational means.

If anyone is aware of a copyright infringement please let me know and I will remove them.
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Jupiter

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Moon with new enlarger

Their new enlarger allowed them to broaden, the range of targets.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:41 AM
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Terrestrial Photography.

Looks like even back then, sometimes the stars wouldn't come out to play.

The lightning is not from Sydney Observatory.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:44 AM
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The MilkyWay
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Ok then, guess everyone has already seen these before.

Well, I thought they were neat anyway.
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Those photos are fantastic, they should be all restored and put them on display or make prints and put them in a book with the history of them
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:12 PM
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Those photos are fantastic, they should be all restored and put them on display or make prints and put them in a book with the history of them
Yes they are indeed! I think The Powerhouse Museum has done itself and the prints a great justice, by digitising them on a user friendly database for the public to view.

You should really have a check of their inventory. Some really interesting stuff, that would never been seen otherwise. All locked away in their archives warehouse.

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/
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I'll respond Mitchell, only just logged on .

These photo's are fantastic, a real piece of astronomy history. Thanks for showing them. I like astronomy history it shows how much technology has come.
Thanks again for putting them up.

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I'll respond Mitchell, only just logged on .

These photo's are fantastic, a real piece of astronomy history. Thanks for showing them. I like astronomy history it shows how much technology has come.
Thanks again for putting them up.

Regards Matt.
Oh, don't get me wrong!! I wasn't being spiteful, yet starting to doubt their relevance...
The last two comments have assured me their merit... Thanks

Yes, it is nice to think even the Sydney Observatory, had quite small limits compared to current technologies at one time.

You can imagine the time it took to set up these slides, compared to us now.
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I knew you were not been spitefull.

Can you imagine what those guys all those years back would have thought if they could see what we do now. We are lucky to live in this age now,
imagine what will be done in a 100 years from now.

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I knew you were not been spitefull.

Can you imagine what those guys all those years back would have thought if they could see what we do now. We are lucky to live in this age now,
imagine what will be done in a 100 years from now.

Matt.
I agree with you totally. I would think though the "challenge" would have been very exciting too... I kinda wish I lived back then... Almost... Well maybe not.
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They could all do with more data, stack & wavelets in Registax re curved and layered in CS3,Ha as lum would give the stars a bit of punch, guiding is a bit iffy
Just think, the most technically advanced thing they probably had was a light globe !
Great shots thanks
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They could all do with more data, stack & wavelets in Registax re curved and layered in CS3,Ha as lum would give the stars a bit of punch, guiding is a bit iffy
Just think, the most technically advanced thing they probably had was a light globe !
Great shots thanks
Very primitive work indeed.
I thought they deserved to be collated into one location. I would like to, collect more for personal interest.
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Yes they are indeed! I think The Powerhouse Museum has done itself and the prints a great justice, by digitising them on a user friendly database for the public to view.

You should really have a check of their inventory. Some really interesting stuff, that would never been seen otherwise. All locked away in their archives warehouse.

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/
The warehouse at Castle Hill is open (although not free) the 2nd Saturday each month. I wonder if they could be talked into another astronomy themed day this year.
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Thanks Mitchell, very interesting.
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Thanks Mitchell, very interesting.
No problems at all,was really just documenting them for my own purposes and thought others may like to see also.

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The warehouse at Castle Hill is open (although not free) the 2nd Saturday each month. I wonder if they could be talked into another astronomy themed day this year.
Interesting I must look into that.
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Eat your heart out Bird...
cool pics Mitchell it goes to show how far technology has gone camera wise

I guess they didnt have photoshop back then
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