ORDNANCE MAINTENANCE-OBSERVATION TELESCOPES M48 AND M49
tended, the eyepiece of the mounted telescope stands approximately
11 inches above the surface upon which the tripod rests. The tele-
scope can be raised or lowered, and can be held at any position by
tightening the clamping thumbscrew. The tripod folds into a compact
unit which fits readily into the carrying case. The principal assemblies
of the Tripod M14 are the cradle assembly and the leg assembly.
9. CARRYING CASE M31 (FOR TRIPOD M14).
a. Carrying Case M31 (fig. 5) is used for carrying Tripod M14,
and for storing it when not in use. The Carrying Case M31 is of
canvas construction with a stiff leather reinforcement at the back and
on the bottom. The stiff leather top swings on a leather hinge and is
fastened by a strap and snap fastening. Leather shoulder straps are
provided for carrying the case and its contents.
10. CARRYING CASE M27 (FOR TELESCOPE M49).
a. Carrying Case M27 (fig. 7) is used for transporting Observa-
tion Telescope M49 and affords protection for the telescope when the
latter is not in use. It is an all-leather case, lined with a felt-like pad-
ding. It measures approximately 4 inches across and is 15 inches long.
The Telescope M49 fits into the case with the front end down, making