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Astronomical photography.

as′tro·pho·tog′ra·pher n.
as′tro·pho′to·graph′ic (-fō′tə-grăf′ĭk) adj.
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1. (Photography) the photography of celestial bodies used in astronomy
2. (Astronomy) the photography of celestial bodies used in astronomy
astrophotographic adj
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(ˌæs troʊ fəˈtɒg rə fi)

the photography of stars and other celestial objects.
as`tro•pho•tog′ra•pher, n.
as`tro•pho`to•graph′ic (-ˌfoʊ təˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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a form of photography used to record astronomical phenomena.
See also: Astronomy, Photography
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Mills wrote an excellent article titled "George Willis Ritchey and the Development of Celestial Photography," published in American Scientist in March 1966.
During his career Barnard also developed the science of celestial photography, identified 16 comets, and had a star named for him.
But of all the disputes during this period, by far the longest and most fractious was the battle between two pioneers of celestial photography: Isaac Roberts, a wealthy English amateur, and Edward Emerson Barnard of the Lick and Yerkes observatories.
From the 1850s through the 1880s, much of the work to advance celestial photography was performed by amateur scientists outside academic institutions.
Shortly after celestial photography was born in the mid-19th century, stereo viewing cards with photographic images of the Moon taken by Lewis Rutherfurd--a New York lawyer who helped to advance the art of astrophotography --became part of the stereo-viewing rage of the times.
Not until dry plates came into use [in the 1880s] was celestial photography actively resumed at Harvard."
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