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Auriga restoration by AdamCuerden Auriga restoration by AdamCuerden
I love old star charts. This one is for the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, who's traditionally a shepherd. It's by Sidney Hall, for the 1825 book "A familiar treatise on astronomy" by Jehoshaphat Aspin. Original, uncleanedscan from the Library of Congress. [link]

I cleaned it up, taking about 3 hours, all told. A nice easy one to fit in between the really difficult one I'm also working on now.

Observant astronomers may have noticed that there's a constellation they've never heard of listed to the left: Telescopium Hersch[elii]. Long story shot, the constellations weren't as fixed in this era, so people occasionally stole a couple stars to make a new constellation. Not all of these survived very long.

The Telescopium Herschelii was, well, the Telescope of Sir William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus. Uranus was also once named after Herschel. Poor fellow really lost out.
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