AGFA photographic plates, 1880
An image of Orion's Belt composited from digitized black-and-white photographic plates recorded through red and blue astronomical filters, with a computer synthesized green channel. The plates were taken using the Samuel Oschin Telescope between 1987 and 1991.
Mimosa Panchroma-Studio-Antihalo Panchromatic glass plates, 9 x 12cm, Mimosa A.-G. Dresden
The large 48" Oschin Schmidt Camera at Palomar Observatory
Negative plate
Henry Draper with a refractor telescope set up for photography (photo probably taken in the 1860s or early 1870).
Image resulting from a glass plate negative showing Devil's Cascade in 1900.
The first solar eclipse photograph was taken on July 28, 1851, by a daguerrotypist named Berkowski.
Henry Draper's 1880 photograph of the Orion Nebula, the first ever taken.
One of Andrew Ainslie Common's 1883 photographs of the same nebula, the first to show that a long exposure could record stars and nebulae invisible to the human eye.
The Hubble Space Telescope shortly after the STS-125 maintenance mission in 2009.
2 minute time exposure of the comet Hale-Bopp imaged using a camera on a fixed tripod. The tree in the foreground was illuminated using a small flashlight.
The Pleiades Star Cluster photographed with a 6 megapixel DSLR connected to an 80mm refracting telescope piggybacked on a larger telescope. Made from seven 180 second images combined and processed in Photoshop with a noise reduction plugin.
NGC281, popularly the 'Pacman Nebula', imaged from a suburban location using a 130mm amateur telescope and a DSLR camera.
An amateur astrophotography set up with an automated guide system connected to a laptop.
20sec exposure photograph taken with a tripod mounted DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens
Fixed tripod mounted camera capturing "star trails"
Star trails photographed in earth orbit from the International Space Station
Fixed tripod image of a solar eclipse using a digital-SLR camera with a 500 mm lens
1 minute exposure using ISO 800 film, wide angle lens, piggybacked on an equatorial telescope
Comet Hale-Bopp, camera with a 300mm lens piggybacked
Film image of the Andromeda Galaxy shot at the prime focus of an 8" f/4 Schmidt–Newton telescope
Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae in a montage of two film exposures with an 8" Schmidt–Newton telescope, manually guided
Image of the moon taken with a Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera via Afocal projection through an 8-inch Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope
The Moon photographed using the Afocal technique, using 10 seconds of video stacked to create a final image.
A composite of several Digital-SLR photos compiled in Photoshop taken via eyepiece projection from an 8-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
Saturn image using negative projection (Barlow lens) with a webcam attached to a 250mm Newtonian telescope. It is a Composite image made from 10% of the best exposures out of 1200 images.
Jupiter photographed using the Afocal technique, using 10 seconds of video stacked to create a final image.

Specialized and ever-larger optical telescopes were constructed as essentially big cameras to record images on photographic plates.

- Astrophotography

Several important applications of astrophotography, including astronomical spectroscopy and astrometry, continued using plates until digital imaging improved to the point where it could outmatch photographic results.

- Photographic plate
AGFA photographic plates, 1880

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