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Contraves EOTS Cinetheodolite Telescope Missile Tracker
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Nov 25, 2014
US $75,900.00
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Lacey, Washington, United States

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Contraves EOTS Cinetheodolite

Electro Optical Tracking System Telescope

Model EOTS

History of the cinetheodolite:

 The Contraves EOTS replaced the Askania Tracking System that was used from the late 1950s to 29 January 1973. At that time, the Contraves system became operational in both mobile and fixed location configurations. This cinetheodolite was located at one of the many optical instrumentation sites at White Sands Missile Range, and was used to record valuable data during performance testing of missiles, aircraft, and other experimental weapon systems. These fixed cinetheodolites were retired in 1992 to make way for the new Kineto Tracking Mount System.


  • Pershing

  • Athena

  • Sprint

  • Patriot

  • Nike Hercules

  • Redstone

  • Lance

  • Talos

  • Hawk

  • Zeus

The company that presently services this type of equipment has confirmed that the unit will operate on 110VAC, 30 amps (household current) and that they can easily configure the unit to operate solely as an electrically driven cinetheodolite, without the features of data collection as originally designed, if that is the intended use. We will not disconnect or reconfigure the electrical, in the event the buyer would want to access the full range of capabilities.

If this telescope were going to be put back into service and used by an agency for its originally designed purpose, it would need the mainframe computer to link up with and control power box which is not a part of this unit. The precision gears in this unit produce an accuracy to 3 arc seconds, which is not achievable with current instruments (7 arc seconds is about as accurate as instruments of this nature are built today, per the rep). There is virtually no slack or tolerance in this instrument.

To our knowledge, the purchaser of this amazing instrument will be the only private citizen on earth that owns one of these units. Set-up & arranged properly, in a home or business setting, this cinetheodolite would become a one of a kind conversation piece that could be enjoyed by both friends and business associates.

This unit is very heavy and will need careful handling while shipping. The unit is mechanically sound and could use some cosmetic attention, such as fresh paint and optics cleaned, to bring it back to pristine. Call if you have questions 1-360-459-1395 


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This equipment is surplus and has not been tested. It's being sold as is.
Items not paid for within 4 business days will be relisted
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Subject to prior sale
Shipping prep and charges are responsibility of the purchaser
Washington residents add 8.4% sales tax without a resale certificate
As is, where is
FOB Lacey, Wa


 C & D Professional Services
Phone: 360-459-1395

C & D Services statement regarding the equipment we sell:

Information regarding the history and condition of the equipment we offer has been included exactly as it has been received in the description of the property. Normally, the property has not been operated or tested by C & D to determine it's fitness for a purpose.  The Property is sold and conveyed "AS IS, WHERE IS," and without representation or warranty. The seller hereby expressly disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including an implied warranty
of merchantability or fitness for a purpose

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