Put your bid in for Apollo Hasselblad Camera

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  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    Really cool. I have one of those, just have to paint it grey and attach a few plaques :smile:
     
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    I could see you on Antiques Road Show

    "Schwing"..."This Hasselblad is worth $70,000".
     
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    "Flown provenance has not been positively established by RR Auction."

    We think but don't know for certain. While cool, not $70k cool.
     
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    Maybe it's just me, but I would think that someone who worked at JSC during the Apollo era would have known very well that it's not "reso plate" but "reseau plate":

    http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/alsj-reseau.html

    The mistake is also in the letter establishing provenance (or more correctly not establishing it). If you're going for the big bucks, it pays to check spelling!
     
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    It says auction ended Oct 18. Did i win?
     
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    Maybe that's why they put it in quotations :wink:


    A wonderful piece of history, and a wonderful camera to boot. Thankfully, such fantastic cameras are widespread (mine's black) and no one will be losing out when this one sits as a trophy on a shelf.
     
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    I thought all the Apollo ELs were left on the moon :smile:
     
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    Apollo 13 didn't get there...but its LEM burned up in the atmosphere. Perhaps this was a backup camera?
     
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    Pretty much correct.

    Also not that they flew these cameras on plenty of shuttle missions too. It may never have been flown and was used for training purposes. A training camera is my best guess for this piece.
     
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    It is also what I heard, only the backs went back on Earth (way better than the opposite, imagine...). :laugh:
     
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    I think that they came back and got substantially parted out on refurb. Ron Mowray in his Kodak time acquired a part of a hasseblad that went up and back with Apollo.
     
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    I don't see the added value for NASA to bring back cameras bodies and lenses. It is dead weight and weight is the ennemy in space (need energy to accelerate it). But I might be wrong... :confused:
     
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    Some did come back. They did take pictures of the command module and LEM after jettison prior to re-entry for engineering purposes, so thay had to have at least one camera available in the CM. I suspect they had more than one for redundancy.

    Anything that actually went to the moon got left there so far as I know. I don't even recall seeing a picture taken from the LEM of the CM during lunar orbit rendevous, but I've seem plenty of the LEM ascent stage taken from the CM. Seeing a picture of the CM taken from the LEM at lunar orbit rendevous would prove at least one came back from the lunar surface.

    At this point I'm not sure even NASA could give a reliable answer. Everything is on paper somewhere in a giant warehouse if it wasn't already shredded.
     
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    Back in the day, Hasselblad ran magazine ads offering free cameras - if you could figure out a way to fetch them.

    -tih
     
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    One of the neatest bits of advertising I recall from those days, advertising the Kowa 6x6:

    "Our camera hasn't been to the moon, so it doesn't cost the earth".......