Photography is scientifically indispensable. The autonomy of their new vehicle does not enable to come close to the geological features seen on the horizon. The two astronauts are equipped with Hasselblad cameras as in the previous missions.
The tele-lens Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 designed and made by Carl Zeiss AG specifically for use on the Lunar Hasselblad is a new feature on Apollo 15, keenly desired by Commander Scott who managed to convince NASA of its advantage for the mission.
Scott intensely used this instrument on the Moon: he stated that he took 293 tele-photos during this mission. With 30 cm added to the length of the camera, this equipment was indeed cumbersome and a YouTube video shows Scott falling with his Hasselblad in hand.
All Hasselblad used on the Moon were left therein except the other Apollo 15 camera, for a technical reason. It was sold for € 660K including premium by WestLicht on March 22, 2014.
The Tele-Tessar was returned to Earth and was offered to Scott by NASA to commemorate the mission. It is estimated $ 400K for sale by RR Auction in the online sale that ends on April 21, lot 6501.
This lens is illustrated in the article shared by Gizmag. The Hasselblad camera on which it is photographed is of course not the original equipment that remained on the Moon and is not included in this lot.
SOLD for $ 450K including premium