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Photos of Orion Nebulae,
taken in 1880 and 1883

First photograph of the Nebula in Orion. Taken by Professor Henry Draper in 1880. The large stars, being much brighter than the nebula, are greatly overexposed.

Credit: Harvard College Observatory Plate Collection

Photograph of the Orion Nebula taken by A.A. Common in 1883 with an exposure of one hour.

Credit: Agnes M. Clerke A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century, Edinburgh, 1887 (2nd Edition), frontispiece.

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