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Photograph - Orion Nebula, taken with Great Melbourne Telescope, 1883 Image Reg. No: MM 030403

Photograph of the Orion Nebula, taken by Joseph Turner with Great Melbourne Telescope, 26 February 1883.

In 1882 astronomers in Britain and America began to successfully use the more sensitive dry plates to photograph nebulae and comets, which had previously not been clearly photographed with wet plates. Astronomers at Melbourne Observatory began experiments using the Great Melbourne Telescope to photograph nebulae in 1882, with mixed results. Assistant Astronomer Joseph Turner got good results taking photos of portions of Orion Nebula with a four minute exposure, but had no success with n Argus Nebula, despite exposures of up to 45 minutes.

This photograph is one of the first successful photos Turner took of the Orion Nebula. His first success was on 11 February 1883, when he took two photos - these were the first photos of nebulae taken in the southern hemisphere.
SIlver gelatin photograph on paper
Description Of Content:
Orion nebula and associated stars.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victoria: Local Government Department Office of Trade Measurement (formerly Weights & Measures Branch)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 140 mm (Height), 97 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: This is image size as well - there are no margins in the photograph itself

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Tagged with: nebula, stars
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Great Melbourne Telescope, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observational photographs
Original Caption: Taken with the Great Melbourne Telescope. "Orion Neb" Feb 26/83, Exposure 4 minutes. Scale 0.3 inch = 1' [minute]
Format: Photograph
Photographer: Mr Joseph Turner - Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 26 Feb 1883
Place & Date Made: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 26 Feb 1883

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