Plate camera

Title

Plate camera

Subject

Astronomy
Photography
Camera
Optical instrument

Description

Wood, brass

Wooden box (9 ½ x 9 ½ x 9) with hinge lid, two film holders, several 3-inch x 3-inch glass filters. The plate camera is an original piece of equipment made by Warner and Swasey. It takes 2 ¼-inch by 3 ¼-inch glass plates or sheets of film. There is an off axis guider that accepts 0.69” eyepieces and the plate carrier can be rotated by 180 degrees. There are two lateral screws (90 degrees apart) that can be used for tracking by moving the film instead of the telescope. The instrument is still located in the Observatory and is usable.

In the 1950s and 1960s it was used for instruction. There are approximately 270 plates from this time period in the Astronomy Department.

Images include the envelope, calibration plate, and image of the Moon taken on February 21, 1975 by Jim Wehmer. The glass plates were Kodak 103a-E film. The original plates are in the possession of Jim Wehmer and are shared here with his permission.

Creator

Warner & Swasey Company

Publisher

Astronomy Department, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Date

1896

Contributor

Michael Svec

Rights

Copyright by Michael Svec

Format

image/jpg

Language

English

Type

physical object

Identifier

University of Illinois Observatory Collection A106

Coverage

University of Illinois Observatory, Urbana, Illinois

Files

astronomy plate camera
DSCN0244.JPG
1.jpg
CALIBRATION PLATE B.JPG
4 LUNAR PLATE 4A - Copy (1).jpg
IMG_0296.JPG

Tags

Citation

Warner & Swasey Company, “Plate camera,” University of Illinois Observatory Collection, accessed September 19, 2017, http://uiobservatory.omeka.net/items/show/6.

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