darlot rapid hemispherical

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  1. jnanian

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    hi

    i just dug up a lens i bought years ago ..
    which i believe to be a 10 1/2 " darlot rapid hemispherical.
    has anyone else gotten their hands on one of these ?
    will it cover 8x10?
    and has anyone removed the rear element and used it as a single ?
    i stuck it on a big camera without the rear element and it had a HUGE image circle ...

    any ideas what i should expect image wise?
    i've shot with it on a speed graphic and loved what it did, but never
    without the front or back, and never on a camera bigger than 4x5 ...

    i'd LOVE to remove the throat that closes down the fstop "wide open"
    better yet, maybe i'll just put the elements on a board without the barrel


    thanks!

    john