Unidentified nebula ["Nova"] by John Frederick William Herschel

Unidentified nebula ["Nova"]

John Frederick William Herschel

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Product details Unidentified nebula ["Nova"]

Unidentified nebula ["Nova"]

John Frederick William Herschel

Plate 10 figure 30 for the paper "Observations of nebulae and clusters of stars, made at Slough, with a twenty-feet reflector, between the years 1825 and 1833", by Sir John Frederick William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, v.123 (1833), pp.359-505. The object is inscribed verso "Nova". Herschel's paper explains this term: "When no previous version of a nebular or cluster could be found in the writings of former observers, it is designated as Nova". Shown with a scale of 0-2 minutes, not used on the plate. With an instruction to the printer verso: "Nb The divided scale not to remain being doubtful".

Original: pencil on board. 1833

  • Image ref: RS-9229
  • The Royal Society

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