On this day in 1816 – November 25th – American lawyer, astronomer and pioneering astrophotographer Lewis Morris Rutherfurd was born in Morrisania, New York.

After practicing law for a number of years, Rutherfurd gave it up for astronomy. He was a pioneer of astrophotography, inventing the first telescope designed specifically for astrophotography. With the telescope he made high quality images of the Sun, Moon and planets as well as star clusters and stars down to around fifth magnitude. Rutherfurd was an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society, and one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mona Evans
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