If you're looking for a really nice camera which hasn't been to the Moon, we'd go for a Sony Alpha A7.

If you're looking for a camera that has? Well - we can help you there, too.

One of only 14 cameras which has even been to the Moon with Nasa astronauts - and the only one to ever come back - is to be put on sale.

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The Westlitcht Gallery in Vienna said that the camera - which was used on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 - would probably raise between £125,000 and £150,000 at auction on 22 March. For reference, that's ten times LESS than the Leica designed by Jony Ive.

The camera was used by Astronaut James B. Irwin, who took 229 photos of the Moon on the on the Hasselblad "Lunar Module Pilot" camera.

While the 13 other cameras of its type were left on the Moon, this example came back so that engineers could examine how the trip had affected the mechanisms.

The listing for the historic object states:

The Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' that is on sale was from the first generation of NASA motor-driven cameras designed for the Lunar missions. It was silver painted, with raeseau plate and matching body number '38' that was then imprint on any images. The control tabs were designed for use with space gloves and the body is engraved: NASA no.P/N SEB 33100040- S/N 1038.
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  • Picture taken in August 1971 of US astronaut David

    AUGUST 1: Picture taken in August 1971 of US astronaut David Scott walking on the moon near to the lunar vehicle during the Apollo 15 mission. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Picture taken in August 1971 of an US astronaut le

    AUGUST 1: Picture taken in August 1971 of an US astronaut leaning over the lunar vehicle during the Apollo 15 mission. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Picture taken in August 1971 of an US astronaut on

    AUGUST 1: Picture taken in August 1971 of an US astronaut on the lunar vehicle near the LEM during the Apollo 15 mission. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Apollo 15 - Irwin next to Rover

  • Apollo 15 - LRV and boot tracks 2

  • Apollo 15 - LRV

  • Apollo 15 - Scott working

  • Apollo 15 - Mt Hadley