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any ideas what this is on a helio MkV tripod??

Article about: Hi everyone, does anyone have any ideas on this one? its obviously a helio mkv tripod, but im having trouble working out what the optic is? any help appreciated as always!! kind regards ed

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    Hi everyone, does anyone have any ideas on this one?
    its obviously a helio mkv tripod, but im having trouble working out what the optic is?

    any help appreciated as always!!
    kind regards ed
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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Looks a bit like a ww2 No. 8 Gun Sight to me, possibly touched up post- war, or may be post- war version? Any markings at all? Cheers.

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    Quote by Spitace41 View Post
    Looks a bit like a ww2 No. 8 Gun Sight to me, possibly touched up post- war, or may be post- war version? Any markings at all? Cheers.
    thanks mate, yes I can see the similarities with the no.8 sight, no markings I can see, so they must be underneath the optic.
    Why would a gun sight be on a tripod though? and wouldn't the no8 sight have a crosshair as this one doesn't???

    thanks again
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    oh yeah, markings to bottom read:

    Telescope bearing No14 MK3 with "Cooke Troughton and Simms" makers mark.

    many thanks spitace for the pointer! still no idea why on the helio tripod though!
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    hello,, just bought one the same and on a helio mkv stand,, did you find anymore info... cheers vince

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    These seem to be very similar to the sights used on the Vickers Predictor but probably a later model.
    A great video explains the predicter here and shows the bearing telescope around 1 minute 30 seconds in.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG6Rr5Kg6Qk

    No idea why they would be on those tripods though unless it was to make them sell-able.

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    Quote by Roger M View Post
    No idea why they would be on those tripods though unless it was to make them sell-able.
    Bullseye.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Could it have been used by a Forwards Observation Officer?

    Oz.

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    Another thought is that these could have been set up for training student gunners at a school of Artillery.

    Oz.

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