posted on Oct, 29 2013 @ 10:41 AM
It looks like they figured out how to take photos through the sextant on Apollo 8, anyway…
The sextant had a very narrow field of view, it was certainly used to take pictures of possible landing sites on Apollo 8, could then the Moon picture
have been taken in that way in Apollo 9? There was also a 16mm cine camera adapted to use the sextant on Apollo 8.
On Apollo 9 there were also four Hassleblads in window ports, the most likely source of the Moon picture which is more hassle per the op's picture
since the green filter seems to be present as was infra red in different pictures. With the green filter in place that could make those black lines in
the Op's picture of red in original colour. But then the window ports had their own problems because they were also filtered. So what you have, is
four windows, each with a Hasselblad and a need to differentiate between the four with all the dirt and gubbins associated with each individual
camera, another filtered window, all false colour images, something like a two foot imageing gap between cameras and different forms of 'glass' to the
outside world. Biggest problem then was to navigate the stars with all the crap expended from the spacecraft, docking and undocking.
Thnks for the info...Interesting.
However, even if the sextant had a cine camera already built in, that wouldn't stop an astronaut from saying "I wonder what a picture would look
like with the Hasselblad pointed through the eyepiece"
and then trying it. If the Hasselblad lens could be put up to the sextant/telescope
eyepiece, I would think someone would possibly try it.
Having said that, your point about the green filter on the ports is interesting. Are you saying each window had its own Hasselblad? How does that
jibe with the fact that this image came from film magazine 23/D? Was that film magazine associated with a certain specific camera pointed out a
specific window? If so, then why are most of the other pictures from magazine 23/D pointed at Earth with no green hue, and why are 6 of those
pictures pointed inside the cabin (pictures of astronauts in the cabin)?
Do you know if any of the windows had crosshair reticules on it? I ask because (as I mentioned before) I think the OP's image shows a crosshair. The
vertical component (shown with arrows in the image below) may be blurred because the image is blurred in the horizontal direction. If the image blur
was generally parallel to the horizontal components of the crosshair, then the result may be what we see here -- i.e., a visible horizontal component
of the crosshair, but a blurred vertical component:
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