The Daguerreian Society

On this day (March 18) in the year 1843, the following news item 
appeared in "Niles' National Register" (Vol. 14, No. 3):

   Daguerreotype.  It is stated in a letter read to the National 
Institute on Monday evening last, from Francis B. Ogden, esq. United 
States consul at Bristol, that, at the observatory at Rome, they have 
succeeded so well in combining the powers of the telescope and the 
Daguerreotype, as to produce a perfect map of the heavens.--The nebulous 
clouds are transferred to a sheet of paper, every star composing them 
and every shadow as distinct as seen through the best instruments; the 
precise position of Jupiter and his moons given at any moment of time, 
and all the phases of the other planets with the greatest accuracy.  The 
pictures are on a scale that would require a globe the size of the 
cupola of St. Paul's, London, to place them in proper proportion.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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