Star Spectroscope

This accessory was listed in a 1980 price list; not one earlier (1977) nor later (1985) as far as I can tell.  Photos courtesy of Steve Brennan.  According to Steve, “it is suited only for bright stars but a curio nonetheless. You will notice from the pictures that it is attached to the 1″ eyepiece via three screws, crude but effective”.

Note: Spectroscopy can be used to derive properties of stars, such as their chemical composition, temperature, density, mass, distance, luminosity, and relative motion using Doppler Shift measurements.  See: for additional information on the subject.