Many of you may already be prepping up for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, and it might just be one of the most photographed, viewed and observed solar eclipse in history since most of us own a camera already.
However, we revisit the first photograph of the phenomenon, which was taken by Prussian photographer Friedrich Berkowski.
Berkowski was commissioned by the Royal Prussian Observatory to capture the eclipse. It was honestly as if they were asking the impossible since no one has been able to do so correctly by taking the corona. It took 84 seconds to be captured via a daguerreotype. The image was captured by using a small refracting telescope, attached to the 15.8cm Fraunhofer heliometer.
Since the success of his photograph, many tried to recreate his achievement. And frankly, they all just kept getting better and better. Here are some early solar eclipse shots from the 1850's to 1890's.
Images are from the public domain.