Chris ReeveKnives, 2017Eclipse Sebenza
Zeiss M44 Position
ZEISS APQ Telescopes
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2017 Eclipse Sebenza
On August 21, 2017
the continental US experienced a rare total eclipse that spanned from coast
to coast. The path of totality passed through the heart of Idaho.
As Baader Planetarium's North American Distributor, Alpine Astronomical
(based in Eagle, Idaho) sold and distributed Solar Filters and Solar Viewers
to individuals and schools across the US for viewing the eclipse.
To commemorate this rare event, Alpine Astronomical has commissioned the
world renowned Chris Reeve Knives to produce a small quantity of special
Unique Graphics Large Sebenza 21 knives. Based in Boise, Idaho, Chris
Reeve Knives was the perfect partner for this project,and their Sebenza was
the ideal precision knifemaking 'canvas'.
combine the unique hand-produced graphics of Lisa L'Eveque-Hague,
along with a very special Cabochon and Corona, to give a beautiful and
symbolic representation of this event as viewed from Idaho. The
graphics depict the central Idaho mountains, with the Eclipse perched above
the peaks. The Eclipsed sun is represented by a gem-quality
*Idaho Star Garnet. Surrounding the garnet is an irridescent
corona laser-graphic that was created from an Eclipse photograph that Alpine
Astronomical provided to Tim Reeve of Chris Reeve Knives, taken from
Donnelly, Idaho. The lockside scale also features an engraved date of
This is the first
time that a celestial event has been commemorated by CRK, and only the
second time an Idaho Star Garnet has been featured in a Chris Reeve Knife -
the first can be seen on the cover picture of 'The Exquisite Blade' DVD.
* The Star Garnet is
the state gem of Idaho. These deep plum colored garnets are unique,
in that they display a star when held in bright light (similar to,but much
rarer than a star saphire).
These special gems can only be found in two places on the Earth - a
specific region in Idaho and another region in India.
Here are some numbered images of
the knives available for sale. Unfortuantely, we found it difficult for our
photos to accurately represent the appearance in hand. The corona
changes reflectivity based on lighting angle, as does the star garnet - its star
is best seen in bright light.
Eclipse Sebenza #1
Eclipse Sebenza #2
Eclipse Sebenza #3
Eclipse Sebenza #4
Eclipse Sebenza #5
To purchase one of these special
knives, please go to the
Knives - BST facebook group. Full details on purchasing can be found
there. Knives will be sold on a first come, first served basis and the sales
status will be kept up to date on the group.
Chris Reeve Sebenza:
Zeiss M44 Position Circle
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
(info left here for
The Zeiss M44 Position Circle was
designed to provide a very convenient and accurate means of rotating
reticle eyepieces for precise measurement of double star position
angles. This circle provides 360degree precision rotational
capabilities for any application. Simply loosen the single knurled
lockscrew, and rotate accessories to the desired angle. Works
also as a very handy accessory for adjusting CCD or film camera rotation
(Camera Angle Adjuster). Almost a work of art in itself, the
circle is made of solid Brass, and finished in satin black lacquer with
white filled engraved markings.
The circle is provided with external
M44 threads on the input side, and M44 internal threads on the output.
To adapt the circle for use with the Baader Astro T-2 System, add a
T2-13 (Zeiss Cameraadapter) and T2-09 (Zeiss Inner Adapter).
No Longer Available
ZEISS APQ Telescopes
100/640 and APQ 130/1000
|For our own
observing, we have settled on high quality apochromatic refractors as
the best instrument for our viewing conditions. After owning and
using most of the apochromatic scopes available, we have found the ZEISS
APQ (oil coupled Fluorite Triplet) to be absolutely the finest visual refractor we have ever used.
The level of optical quality, color correction, and mechanical
sophistication has to be seen to be believed. The APQ
remains at the pinnacle of modern refractors.
Though now no longer produced, we are periodically able to locate these
rare and exquisite instruments, and offer them for sale directly.
We only handle the most select quality instruments, and provide expert
assistance and support through Baader Planetarium (the Zeiss worldwide
dealer and service support). Please contact us for availability (email).