View of the Moon
John Adams Whipple
February 26, 1852
Harvard College Observatory
In the late 1840s John Adams Whipple undertook a series of experiments with William Cranch Bond, Director of the Harvard College Observatory. By 1851, using the Observatory’s 15-inch refracting telescope, one of the two largest in the world at the time, the photographer and astronomer had succeeded in creating a clear, detailed rendering of the moon. That same year the exemplary daguerreotype was awarded a gold medal at the Crystal Palace Exhibition, and the French Academy of Sciences proclaimed the image “the finest production ever brought before them.”
John Adams Whipple & George P. Bond Harvard Observatory, 1852.
Partial solar eclipse, by Whipple, 1851