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The Ferret/Saracen gunner's sight.
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The subject of the aiming graticle in this sight (Sight, Periscopic. AVF.No 3. Mk1) gets mentioned often. To the uninitiated it is very hard to initially see it. This can also happen to those who know what they are looking for as the amount of ambient light, both inside and outside the vehicle as well as the angle it is coming from all comes into play.

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Overall view of the sight when installed.


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What you see when you look into it.


The periscope/sight is a "null" type (which means there is no magnification), it is purely an observation periscope with the addition of an aiming graticle, not unlike that of a reflector gunsight as installed in fighter planes, except this one has no illumination. The graticle "appears" (hopefully) in the slightly smoked appearing piece of angled glass on the right hand side of the 'scope.

It is a real problem to try and get it to appear in a photo, it is hard enough to see with the naked eye, let alone through a camera. Even when I could see the graticle through the camera, it mostly didn't show up in the picture.

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Persistence (and moving the turret around a lot) paid off.


Now that you know what you are looking for, have a look at the picture below. To the naked eye at correct viewing distance the graticle will appear larger than it does in this picture.

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These pictures were taken inside my shed and as you can see from the fall of light entering the 'scope I have had to get the angle just right (roughly 45 degrees) for the camera.

 

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