Spotmeter, 1 Degree, Automatic, Apollo 11


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

During the Apollo 11 luanr mission of July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin carried this specially designed Minolta light meter on the lunar surface in order to acquire accurate exposure information quickly and easily. The silver metal casing reflected some of the harmful solar rays that could have overheated this sensitive equipment.

NASA transferred this spotmeter to the Museum in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA/JSC; must be offered back to NASA upon deaccession


  • Case: aluminum, plastic, velcro
  • Lens: aluminum/steel, glass


3-D: 9.5 × 9.6 × 17cm (3 3/4 × 3 3/4 × 6 11/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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