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A wealth of information of interest to deep sky observers is sequestered in old (19th century and earlier) publications. Many of these publications are only available in selected libraries, and some older texts are all but impossible to access.
As an ongoing project, DOCdb hopes to make electronic versions of these publications available on-line:
Before the invention of photography (and allied printing processes), making sketches of deep sky objects was the only way to permanently record a visual impression of what was seen at the eyepiece. Reproduction of these fine sketches challenged the printing technology of the day (e.g. wood cuts and lithography). To this end, published sketches of interest to deep sky observers will be digitized:
Find out more about the people behind the eyepiece (who was Lassell, for example?) or whose names have become familiar through the catalogues they produced (such as Trumpler, Ruprecht, Pismis, etc.):
Some contributions on historical aspects of deep sky observing & observers:
Special thanks to our volunteers:
• Magda Streicher
• Chris de Coning
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