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Restored German WW II Flakfernrohr Binoculars (Flak Glasses) For Astronomy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I got this lovely e-mail and photograph, yesterday, from a reader in North Carolina.

Here is what he had to say:
“Hello Anu, You may remember I wrote you a email after reading your kindle ebook on Comet ISON a few months ago.

I had begun restoring a pair of German WW2 flak glasses to use on the comet of the epoc. I finished the restoration before Thanksgiving and i had them mounted on a period Arriflex tripod ready for ISON to round the sun when it bit the dust so to speak. I just wanted to send you a pic of the restoration because you expressed an interest in seeing them. It is too bad ISON didn’t perform for us but perhaps I will get a chance to use them on the meteor shower. The views through these glasses are simply outstanding.

James in NC.”

I had to, with his kind permission, share this with you.

Click to ENLARGE. Jame's restored Flakfernrohr.

Click to ENLARGE. Jame’s restored Flakfernrohr.

Though I, a committed Brit, try to stay away from things German, I kind of liked the idea of these, though the thought bloody Germans using them to harm the Brave Allied pilots kind of makes me cringe. So, I, as ever Googled and found two intriguing entries … one in our favorite ‘How the Other Half Livescatalog.

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Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Alas, it is NOT mine! It is also NOT for sale — though, obviously, as the saying correctly foretells, everything and everybody does have a price. This is his 2nd Jensen-Healey. He had his 1st in College but had to sell it when he had his first child. So now, quite a bit older, he is determined to hold onto this — and I understand. He worked on this car for a long time. It looks fabulous. Sounds good too. Great job. He is very happy and proud; as he should be. [As is always the case the wife refers to it as his ‘mid-life crisis’. I told her yesterday that I hope he has quite few more crises.]

I won’t divulge where the car is or who owns it — though he is quite famous in Alton circles. It is NOT on our road — so don’t bother coming cruising around. It is also garaged and they have a long driveway going up a steep incline. So you won’t even see the garage from the road.

If you really, really, really want to see this Healey e-mail me and I will SEE if I can arrange for you to see it. Otherwise just keep an eye for it on Rte 28 in Alton or at Prospect Mountain High School. No guarantee. It is not registered right now.

I would, as a Brit, like to have another British sports car. I have owned 4: 2 Spitfire 1500s (one bright red and the other Pageant Blue (a color I hated, but the only color I could get in 1978), a TR7 convertible (the 3rd but last built) and an MG Midget (that I bought from a neighbor, in Gilford, in 2000). I always wanted a Triumph Stag — which I consider the most beautiful car of that era, prior to the TR7. The unreliability of the Stag, even by British standards of the time, were legendary. I was always told that if I got one I would have to replace the engine with a U.S. V8. So, I ended up getting the TR7. I had a look the other day on eBay just out of curiosity. Only 1 listing for a Stag! Wow.

I had a rich friend back in the UK, in the 70s, who had a Jensen Interceptor. That was the only car that I knew that was more prone to failure than the stag. It was his pride and joy — but it was always breaking down. It would always be a call, from a phone booth (this being way, way, way before cell phones), I am stuck I will be late. Driving off in the Interceptor was going to be the highlight of his extremely lavish wedding, to a dentist, at a stately manor house. Yes, you guessed it. The Jensen didn’t work! He took it quite well.