Lewis Morris Rutherfurd. "Moon by Rutherfurd," Glass Lantern Slide, 21 December, 1891
LEWIS MORRIS RUTHERFURD
"MOON BY RUTHERFURD," GLASS LANTERN SLIDE, 21 DECEMBER, 1891
Glass lantern slide (4 x 3¼ inches) with decorative gilt border, and paper label to verso, partially printed "American Lantern Slide Interchange" title executed in manuscript: "Moon by Rutherfurd, Neg. Nos.(?) Process about 1870. Slide by J Carbutt | 12.20 1891." Small accretion to lower right corner of gilt border, some minor handling wear.
A charming glass lantern slide by Lewis Rutherfurd, "the greatest lunar photographer of the age" (Richard Proctor). Rutherfurd (1816–92) was among the first American astronomers to use photography in astrophysical research, taking his first photographs from his garden observatory in 1858.
In addition to lunar photography, Rutherfurd produced outstanding photographs of the sun and planets, as well as star clusters and stars down to the fifth magnitude. He invented instruments for his studies, including the micrometer for measuring photographs, a machine for producing improved ruled diffraction gratings, and the first telescope designed specifically for astrophotography.