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Home > Auctions > Astromart Auctions > Antiques & Collectibles > Auction #4714

Antique Military Spotting Scope from WWII - Like New - Exc. Optics!
Auction No.: 4714
Started: 11/19/2008 7:14 PM
Ended: 11/19/2008 9:25:12 PM
Ending Bid: $195.00 ROBERT MARSHALL
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Great as a high quality durable indoor/outdoor spotting, surveillance and birding scope! This is an American military M17 "Elbow" Telescope WWII artillery spotting scope. This one is in amazing condition and even includes the rubber eyepiece cup. Dated 1942 and built by Eastman Kodak for the US ARMY. I believe this to be either “new old stock” or an expert restoration. There is no evidence of the screws having been removed, which leads me to think it is original and not a restoration. I can’t be certain. I am certain this is the nicest one you will ever see, in excellent, almost "like new" condition. Remarkable since it is 66 years old! I checked auction houses, militaria dealers etc. No one has one or has seen one like this. These have sold on the surplus post World War Two market for years and sold between $45 and $350. Virtually all of them have had their bases cut off with a hack saw. (I believe that they were hastily removed from scrap heaps and de-commissioned that way). But not this one (see pic) which is like new! With the mounting base, you can mount this on a surveyor tripod, pedestal, or even a home fence or deck rail. Can also be set on a table, window shelf, or handheld. These scopes were originally American WWII artillery scopes, mounted on howitzers, and tanks. They are super high quality, are made to military durability standards, and they are now used as spotting scopes, birding scopes, and nighttime surveillance scopes. Can also be used as a low power (10x?) widefield astronomy scope. The image is correct and right side up and allows you to look comfortably down into the eyepiece. This scope is super heavy duty with high quality optics. Suitable for permanent outdoor use or installation. Image is bright and clear. Has focus/diopter adjustment and cross hair reticle. There is a cross reticle in the view field and all four filter positions operate (CLEAR, NEUTRAL, RED, AMBER). Changing the filter position will enhance the view under various seeing conditions. The optics are clean relatively unscratched and amazingly good with minor interior dust, etc, which doesn’t detract from the sharp view.

The M17 scope helped popularize the phrase "built like a tank." Aside from being a military collectible, it has an advanced optical and mechanical system, exemplified by the four internal turret-mounted filters. The optical system also consists of a 55mm objective lens, Amici erecting prism, and a 28 mm Plossl (non-removable) eyepiece ocular. The bright clear optics will amaze you. Great antique / war relic and also a great spotting scope, perhaps the equal of several modern $1K scopes I have owned and used. Definitely more durable and longer lasting, this scope is 66 years old and its condition, build quality and optics are better than most new spotting scopes! For less than the cost of a "cheap" telescope eyepiece, you can own something really unique and impressive. Measures 12 inches long by 6 ½ inches wide and weighs a solid 5 pounds.

The auction is starting out with a "buy it now" price of $195, with a reserve price less than half that. I came up with the price based on one that is in very used condition that is currently for sale at a collectors site for $225 + ship. I wanted to price lower than that one and offer a much better deal. Even at the "buy it now price + shipping, I believe you will be thrilled with this scope. Alternatively, please try your luck in the auction, chances are it won't go that high unless someone takes advantage of the "buy it now" price, which automatically goes away when the reserve price is reached (per astromart protocol).

Payment- Paypal is preferred, (no extra fee) but checks and money orders are fine too. The total will be your final bid plus shipping.

Shipping to the lower 48 USA states (CONUS) is $10 via Postal Service Ground (10 business days) or $19 for 2-3 day Priority Mail Shipping. International shipping available at cost.

Thank you for looking and/or bidding! Please check my 5 star reviews and you can bid with confidence.

Best regards,


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