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A Brief History of Astronomical Brightness Determination Methods at Optical Wavelengths

arXiv.org, Jun 18, 2001

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  • Title:
    A Brief History of Astronomical Brightness Determination Methods at Optical Wavelengths
  • Author: Krisciunas, Kevin
  • Contributor: Krisciunas, Kevin (pacrepositoryorg)
  • Found In: arXiv.org, Jun 18, 2001
  • Subjects: Astronomy ; Astronomical Photometry ; Photometry ; Photography ; Photomultiplier Tubes
  • Language: English
  • Description: In this brief article I review the history of astronomical photometry, touching on observations made by the ancient Chinese, Hipparchus and Ptolemy, the development of the concept (and definition) of magnitude, the endeavors of Argelander and Zoellner, work at Harvard at the end of the 19th century, and the development of photography, photomultipliers, and CCD's and their application to astronomy.

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