If you’ve got a few hundred thousand dollars lying around, why not consider investing it in a piece of photo history? RR Auction is auctioning off Dave Scott’s 500mm f/8 Zeiss lens which was on the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon in 1971
According to ARS Technica’s Eric Berger, RR Auction says the lens is one of the largest objects ever on the Moon to be auctioned off.
In a letter released by RR Auctions, Scott noted how the lens was an “integral part” of his 70mm Hasselblad Electric Data Camera.
“The camera with the 500mm lens was hand-held and was operated by pressing a single shutter button with automatic film advance,” Scott writes in a letter accompanying the auction. “However, without a view finder, a range finder, or a light meter, the astronaut had to point the camera, frame the scene, set the distance, and evaluate the lighting so as to manually set the f-stop, exposure time, and distance. Training for the mission required extensive practice in a spacesuit with pressurized gloves.”
Special tabs were fitted to the rotational segments in the center of the lens so it was easier to focus and change the aperture using pressured gloves. It’s nicked up, as you’d expect, and may also contain some lunar dust, RR Auction says.
The lens was used to record 293 high-resolution images from the Moon mission, which entailed three days on the lunar surface and two days in orbit. You can see images snapped with the lens from the moon below.
Scott was able to keep the lens after the mission as a memento. If you want it, however, expect to pay between $400,000 – $600,000. Bidding starts April 14.
Hat tip: ARS Technica