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holcombeyates
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posted 04-07-2014 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apart from actual Hasselblad cameras that may or may not have flown to the moon, I am very interested in which other pieces of lunar surface flown Hasselblad related hardware have come to the market.

During my research, all I have seen is

  1. An Apollo 15 Hasselblad protective Cover - RR Auction Nov 2012 (previously Aurora 2008)

  2. Dave Scott's Hasselblad Camera handle (date unknown).
These are fantastic pieces.

Has anyone seen any other items of similar equipment and any idea what they might have sold for please?

From the equipment manifests for the six missions there must be at least 12 handles and 24 Hasselblad covers lunar surface flown.

Any info on what might have been recovered would be greatly appreciated.

Spacehardware
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posted 04-08-2014 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacehardware   Click Here to Email Spacehardware     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the Scott handle is the only moon-used Hasselblad handle to come to auction. There was the flown Apollo 9 handle for the SWC camera that was sold, but obviously not moon-used. There have been a few DATA cameras and moon-spec (200) film magazines, but nothing with a verifiable moon history. Don't know what's been sold 'behind the scenes', though or what's in the astronaut's cupboards. Haven't heard of anything but here's hoping...

I am looking for the trigger unit and mounting bracket for a DATA camera should anyone come across a box of them!

freshspot
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posted 04-08-2014 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have in my collection a small beta cloth strap (approx 1" by 12") that was used in connection with Hasselblad cameras on the lunar surface.

It is from Dave Scott (the other one) and was purchased in 2007. It's quite dirty with dust.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-08-2014 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave no one wants dirty dusty artifacts in their collection. And no one's wife wants them spreading dust around the house. I'll gladly take that off your hands if you like.

freshspot
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posted 04-09-2014 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary - But I'll have to wash it first. You know, great customer service and all that...

holcombeyates
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posted 04-14-2014 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Putting the strap in the washing machine on a rinse cycle should get rid of all that dust!

Be great to see a few more of these Hasselblad accessories be made available.

One question about these camera handles — how easy are they to remove? Could it be done with gloves on or is it something that would only be possible in a LM shirtsleeve environment?

My understanding is that a lot of these cameras were left on the moons surface - so the handles may have been hard to recover.

How have you displayed your handle? what a fantastic piece!

Spacehardware
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posted 04-15-2014 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacehardware   Click Here to Email Spacehardware     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the handle, the knurled knob that tightens the threaded spindle is contained within a tight frame and would be virtually impossible to undo whilst wearing EVA gloves, so I presume Scott undid the handle whilst safely back in the LEM.

The spindle of the handle clamps the handle, trigger unit and bracket to the camera, which is annoying as I don't have these other parts, meaning the handle can't be attached tightly to the camera, so I display the handle and camera separately in the hope that one day I will find the missing bits and finally complete the display. It always gives people a thrill to see the moon dust on the handle. Great to share and worth every penny!

Hope this helps!

holcombeyates
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posted 04-24-2014 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info - sounds like a great display.

Those Hasselblad handles that were returned to Earth must be very rare given how hard it was to remove wearing gloves - it would have been easier to leave the cameras on the surface.

I hope to see another handle or other Hasselblad artifacts at auction at some point!

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