Leica MDa NASA replica camera with Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 lens expected to sell for $80k in the upcoming Wetzlar Camera Auction


The next Wetzlar Camera Auction will take place on October 8th, 2022 in Wetzlar. Among the many Leica cameras and lenses (see online catalog), there will also be a working replica of the Leica MDa NASA camera with a Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 lens – expected to sell for €60,000 – €80,000:

“Leica MDa NASA with Noctilux 50 mm f/1.2 – superb replication of the famous camera used for the NASA Skylab Experiment S063 UV Airglow Horizon Photography – the purpose of the mission was to photograph the airglow, especially at twilight, within the visible and middle ultraviolet spectral range – offered for sale in our upcoming auction on October 08th 2022 in Wetzlar!”

Leica MDa NASA replica camera description:

“Hervorragend ausgeführte, voll funktionsfähige Replikation der berühmten Kamera, die für das NASA Skylab Experiment S063 (UV Airglow Horizon Photography) verwendet wurde. Die Aufgabe war es, die Resthelligkeit des Dämmerungslichts im mondlosen Nachthimmel in höheren Atmosphärenschichten (sog. Airglow) im sichtbaren und mittleren ultravioletten Spektralbereich zu fotografieren. Mit passendem Noctilux 1:1.2/50 mm Nr. 2254592. Die Optik in sehr gutem Zustand.

Superb and fully functional replication of the famous camera used for the NASA Skylab Experiment S063 (UV Airglow Horizon Photography) – the purpose of the mission was to photograph the airglow, especially at twilight, within the visible and middle ultraviolet spectral range. With matching Noctilux 50 mm f/1.2 Nr. 2254592. The optics in very good condition.”

Pictures of the original Leica MDa NASA camera used in the NASA Skylab mission (Wikipedia):




Other Leica products from the upcoming auction:

The next Wetzlar Camera Auctions

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