July 2, 1958
The new RCA Intensifier Orthicon, a developmental advanced type of camera tube, is shown here with its developers, Dr. George A. Morton, left, and Dr. John E. Ruedy, at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, N. J.
Dr. Morton points to one of the intensifier stages which enable the tube to "see" at extremely low light levels with 100 times the sensitivity of the fastest known photographic film for the same exposure time.
The tube may enable astronomers to observe previously unseen details of planets and nebulae, permit visual reconnaissance in almost complete darkness, and provide a powerful new tool for research.
Original Caption by Science Service