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Observing By HandSketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century$
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Omar W. Nasim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084374

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084404.001.0001

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Skill and Instrumentation

Skill and Instrumentation

William Lassell and Wilhelm Tempel

(p.171) 4 Skill and Instrumentation
Observing By Hand

Omar W. Nasim

University of Chicago Press

The first part of chapter 4 turns to the work of William Lassell, which will underscore a characteristic of observational procedures: their dependence on the instrumental means available. This emphasis will go into further highlighting the strategies used by our earlier observers in their attempts to transcend their apparatuses and sites. Part 2 of the same chapter will investigate a procedure used by Wilhelm Tempel, which was developed particularly with an eye to artistic skill, technique, and the final lithographed product. In the face of the rising number of “contradictory” representations of the nebulae at the end of the century, Tempel proposed that observers draw only what they see and eschew the inclusion of the mind; it is what this proposal meant for him and how he proposed to achieve it that will be explored.

Keywords:   Lithography, Eyepiece, Equatorial Mount, Altazimuth Mounts, Time, Subjectivity, Art and Science

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