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DRAPER; Henry; 1837-1882; USA

Doctor of Medicine, Draper was a pioneer in the photographic field maintaining a kind of friendly competition with COMMON. His father (John William) was among the first US "Daguerrotype" users and had obtained images of the Moon and a daylight spectra in 1839-1840. Draper obtained the first photography of a nebula (M42) on September, 30th 1880 with a 50 minutes exposure with his 11-inch refractor. He also was the first to image a stellar spectra (the one of Vega) in 1872 nad sometimes after a spectra of M42. He also constructed telescopes of 15-inch and 28-inch.