anyone able to identify this scope please?

#4
I think it is from a gun predictor for the 3.7" AA gun.

I could be completely wrong but, IIRC, there was series of "Telescope, bearing, Nox Mkx" from WW2 onwards, and they were all used for AA prediction. One bearing and one elevation telescope were bolted to the top of a box-like mechanical computer. Operators tracked the target using the two telescopes, then the data transferred to the mechanical computer, which in turn generated gun & fuse data.
 
#7
Can't identify, but the logo is Cooke Troughton and Simms of York. Well known makers of scientific and optical instruments. Became part of Vickers Instruments.
 
#12
are we allowed to ask for a pic of the OP's norks in this forum?

by the way, I think it's an experimental sight for a 60W photon laser pistol
 
#13
From the paint job, looks like post war...

I think there used to be bearing telescopes mounted on the radar heads of the T'bird missile system.. looks to be about the right vintage..
 
#14
Many moons ago I had one of those very fellows in my sweaty mits, in a neat wooden case, legend had it that it belonged to an Vickers A.A. Predictor / director used alongside the .40mm Bofors which was still in use until the late 1980s. I never saw the predictor, it had been backloaded.

There are very few pictures of the Vickers predictor out there, probably because it was unloved and a ******* pig to carry, if you google image septic M7 and M9 Artillery directors you'll get the idea. The British vickers 1920s technology was handed to the septics, in particular to the company "Sperry," early in the war, because they couldn't hit shit!
 
#15
Many moons ago I had one of those very fellows in my sweaty mits, in a neat wooden case, legend had it that it belonged to an Vickers A.A. Predictor / director used alongside the .40mm Bofors which was still in use until the late 1980s. I never saw the predictor, it had been backloaded.

There are very few pictures of the Vickers predictor out there, probably because it was unloved and a ******* pig to carry, if you google image septic M7 and M9 Artillery directors you'll get the idea. The British vickers 1920s technology was handed to the septics, in particular to the company "Sperry," early in the war, because they couldn't hit shit!

Found this on Wiki, shows a similar sight fixed to the side:

 
#16
Many moons ago I had one of those very fellows in my sweaty mits, in a neat wooden case, legend had it that it belonged to an Vickers A.A. Predictor / director used alongside the .40mm Bofors which was still in use until the late 1980s. I never saw the predictor, it had been backloaded.

There are very few pictures of the Vickers predictor out there, probably because it was unloved and a ******* pig to carry, if you google image septic M7 and M9 Artillery directors you'll get the idea. The British vickers 1920s technology was handed to the septics, in particular to the company "Sperry," early in the war, because they couldn't hit shit!
As far as I am aware, the 40/70 was never used with a predictor..

The point of a predictor was primerally to come up with the direction, elevation and fuze setting so that the shell burst at the right height.. this was needed for the 3.7 and 4.5 AA guns which worked on predicted fire.

The 40/70 worked in the direct fire mode with impact fuzes.. you could drive the gun from a fire control radar, but again this was classed as a direct fire engagement. The sights were reflective and projected a butterfly shaped graticule into the gunners sight picture. You basically set up the target so that it looked like it was flying into the centre of the target and squirted rounds at it depending on the speed and height ring..

I only ever shot at a drogue with one, which was flying in a straight line... could I hit it...?

could i fcuk...!
 
#18
As far as I am aware, the 40/70 was never used with a predictor..

The point of a predictor was primerally to come up with the direction, elevation and fuze setting so that the shell burst at the right height.. this was needed for the 3.7 and 4.5 AA guns which worked on predicted fire.

The 40/70 worked in the direct fire mode with impact fuzes.. you could drive the gun from a fire control radar, but again this was classed as a direct fire engagement. The sights were reflective and projected a butterfly shaped graticule into the gunners sight picture. You basically set up the target so that it looked like it was flying into the centre of the target and squirted rounds at it depending on the speed and height ring..

I only ever shot at a drogue with one, which was flying in a straight line... could I hit it...?

could i fcuk...!
It was gathering dust with a stack of ancient fuse setters in a BQMS store in an artillery regiment in Lippstadt, then equipped with M109. they wreckoned it was A.A. and the 40/70 was the only A.A. gun in use at that time. I wrote the 1043s to get them backloaded.
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top