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I'm offering for sale a unique item in Cape Town's history - the original Carl Zeiss telescope that was installed on top of Table Mountain soon after the Cableway was built, circa 1930. The telescope was manufactured in 1918 and the lenses ground in 1912. This information was obtained from Zeiss records and from the serial numbers on the lenses. It is in reasonably good condition but the optics are fuzzy due to chipped prisms and a cracked 150mm objective lens. The clockwork sixpenny coin slot mechanism is still working. Included is an original Zeiss token with a picture of the telescope used to operate the coin mechanism. The original stand has long since disappeared. The telescope was removed from the mountain (I haven't been able to find out exactly when) and was about to be sold for scrap when I saved it. This is obviously a very, very rare piece and would be an amazing restoration project or an extremely valuable collectable for display. Some very important people looked through this telescope during the years it was on the mountain. I've included a photograph of the telescope on Table Mountain dating back to the 1950s judging by the models' fashions! Please do not contact the seller unless you are a serious buyer.
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