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Very interesting BLC range finder??? uboat?????

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    Default Very interesting BLC range finder??? uboat?????

    Would like some info on this, and opinion of the use...

    From the deck of a uboat????

    Thanks from
    Nicolai
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    Default Re: Very interesting BLC range finder??? uboat?????

    WOW!
    Never see it before.

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    Nice rangefinder! Looks like one lens has fungus,though-well worth having worked on in any case! A Very desirable Zeiss optics! William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Not a range finder per se I think, but close,and used as a pair of binoculars used to computate the information required to set up a torpedo for surface firing. The set were positioned on a post at the front of the conning tower that was calibrated in degrees, and with other inputs such as target speed/ wind speed et cetera, the 'eel' could be set for the best chance of a strike. The bino's could also be used for scanning at surface level.

    There is another similar type as these that were used by the 20mm flak gun onboard (and by coastal artillery) but the eyepieces were fitted at an 80 degree angle to aide using them whilst following airborne targets.

    Below is a similar type of the torpedo aiming bino's (I think they may be 7 x 50's) in use, the pic's are really to demonstrate the computing post onto which they were fitted.

    Regards, Ned.
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thanks very interesting:-)

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    Default Re: Very interesting BLC range finder??? uboat?????

    An interesting item! Thanks for showing.

    Regards

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    Default Re: Very interesting BLC range finder??? uboat?????

    Another point of interest is the apparent lack of a Waffenampt with the eagle and swaz. The greenish 'hammerite' type paint has got me thinking possibly East German Navy???

    Although some of the Zeiss company was relocated to Stuttgart by the Americans at the end of hostilities, the majority of the business was swiped by the Russians as war reparations, perhaps this is a link. Whatever, I think that they are a pretty rare and valuable piece, but wouldn't like to speculate too much on that, so please don't ask as I don't know!!

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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