Vintage Astronomical Art

These drawings and artworks come from one of the most interesting and productive times in astronomy. This was a period of several hundred years, between the building of the first telescopes and the development of the camera. During this period, astronomers had to rely on their eyes and skill at interpreting and illustrating their dramatic new views of the heavens. Early telescopes gave observers the means of viewing celestial objects at far higher magnifications than those of the human eye, but how were they to record and interpret them?

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