Jump to content


Photo

Classic Telescopes appearances in movies.

  • Please log in to reply
104 replies to this topic

#76 CelestronDaddy

CelestronDaddy

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 891
  • Joined: 21 Aug 2009
  • Loc: Central Texas

Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:42 AM

Forbidden Planet is one of my absolute most favorite Sci Fi films along with The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, When Worlds Collide, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (all the 50s originals of course). The sound effects in Forbidden Planet are amazing!
Terra


+1 :waytogo: :waytogo:

#77 Bonco

Bonco

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3450
  • Joined: 17 Apr 2006
  • Loc: Florida

Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

Ann Francis was the best special effect in Forbidden Planet. Best prop was the giant transparent celestial sphere in the space ship. It was a classic (content ya know)Bill

#78 terraclarke

terraclarke

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5208
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: The Bluegrass State

Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:16 PM

I loved Robby the Robot. :flower:

#79 Dr Morbius

Dr Morbius

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • Posts: 3701
  • Joined: 06 Feb 2007
  • Loc: ManorvilleNY-but not for long

Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:14 PM

Robby is the coolest thing this side of Altair!

#80 Rich (RLTYS)

Rich (RLTYS)

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 5239
  • Joined: 18 Dec 2004
  • Loc: New York (Long Island)

Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:21 AM

Yes Terra, I have to agree with you - Forbidden Planet is my favorite movie also....... ;)


But was there a telescope in the movie? Can't say I remember one.

Rich (RLTYS)

#81 John Jarosz

John Jarosz

    Astro Gearhead

  • *****
  • Posts: 3216
  • Joined: 25 Apr 2004
  • Loc: Fairfax, Iowa

Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:21 PM

Right now on Turner classic Movies is "It Came from Outer Space" At the start of the movie a man & woman are stargazing thru a 4" (or so) brass refractor mounted on a GEM that's set up to operate alt az. You see the alien's ship move thru the air and crash not too far from the house in the desert. They use the scope to view the site where "It"'s spaceship crashes.

#82 terraclarke

terraclarke

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5208
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: The Bluegrass State

Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:23 PM

I love that movie! I have it on VHS in my classic Sci-Fi movie collection.

#83 greedyshark

greedyshark

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 579
  • Joined: 31 Oct 2005
  • Loc: 3rd Rock

Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

Great flick!

Charles

#84 tim57064

tim57064

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1531
  • Joined: 23 Aug 2012
  • Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA

Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

Right now on Turner classic Movies is "It Came from Outer Space" At the start of the movie a man & woman are stargazing thru a 4" (or so) brass refractor mounted on a GEM that's set up to operate alt az. You see the alien's ship move thru the air and crash not too far from the house in the desert. They use the scope to view the site where "It"'s spaceship crashes.


I watched it also the other night and the scope peeked my curiosity on how they had it set up.Looked like they were using 2 diagonals. Was that an old spotting scope setup?

#85 tim53

tim53

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9393
  • Joined: 17 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Highland Park, CA

Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

Ann Francis was the best special effect in Forbidden Planet. Best prop was the giant transparent celestial sphere in the space ship. It was a classic (content ya know)Bill


IIRC, that was a Farquhar. They turn up on ebay regularly. i've lost on the bidding a couple of times.

-Tim.

#86 amicus sidera

amicus sidera

    Skylab

  • *****
  • Posts: 4137
  • Joined: 14 Oct 2011
  • Loc: East of the Sun, West of the Moon...

Posted 30 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

I love that movie! I have it on VHS in my classic Sci-Fi movie collection.


"There'll be other nights, other stars... they'll be back".

:grin:

#87 Paether

Paether

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 3
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2011
  • Loc: Rugby UK/Poland

Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:20 AM

Hello :)
I'm from Poland and I've got astro-blog (funny & interesting things indirectly related to astronomy)and in one page I collect movies captures with telescopes/binos/etc.
I took the liberty of using some suggestions from this topic and for now I've got 48 titles and search still in progress ;)
http://www.astroparo...og-page_28.html

#88 SkyGibbon

SkyGibbon

    Mariner 2

  • -----
  • Posts: 214
  • Joined: 09 Feb 2013
  • Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada

Posted 10 August 2013 - 02:31 PM

Latest Hair Club commercial. One of the goofs was looking through a small reflector.......backwards. Primary was pointing up.

#89 Mr Magoo

Mr Magoo

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1951
  • Joined: 05 Nov 2005
  • Loc: Indiana

Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:36 AM

In the television show Stargate SG-1 episode "1969" they visit an observatory which is supposed to be in New York, but is actually in Vancouver, Canada. Not sure what the scope was that was in the episode. I did find that it has been replace since that was filmed. Gordon Southam Observatory

#90 T1R2

T1R2

    Surveyor 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 1663
  • Joined: 11 Jun 2013
  • Loc: NeverWhere, 35*N

Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:02 AM

In the opening scenes from "The Wolfman"(Original B/W) there is some beautiful brass, it looks to be about a 6" on Alt-az mount, don't know who made it.

#91 JRiggs

JRiggs

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 52
  • Joined: 08 Jul 2013
  • Loc: Western New York

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:52 PM

Check out "The Heavenly Body", from 1944, with William Powell and Hedy Lamarr. Powell is an astronomer who has discovered that a comet will impact the moon. At one point in the film Powell is shown with what looks like a 3 or 4-inch Alvan Clark.

#92 MtnGoat

MtnGoat

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1939
  • Joined: 18 Feb 2007
  • Loc: Columbia Gorge, WA

Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

Hello :)
I'm from Poland and I've got astro-blog (funny & interesting things indirectly related to astronomy)and in one page I collect movies captures with telescopes/binos/etc.
I took the liberty of using some suggestions from this topic and for now I've got 48 titles and search still in progress ;)
http://www.astroparo...og-page_28.html


great page!

In one of the frames from "Meteor Attack", they're looking through some CAT or another...and the corrector lens is completely dewed over.

#93 gfeulner

gfeulner

    Ranger 4

  • *****
  • Posts: 302
  • Joined: 23 Nov 2007
  • Loc: Bergen county, New Jersey

Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:14 PM

I think in the movie "Heat", a bad guy is taking pictures of the detectives from a roof with what looks like an old Celestron telephoto. Gerry

#94 Chuck Hards

Chuck Hards

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 5798
  • Joined: 03 May 2010
  • Loc: The Great Basin

Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

In the opening scenes from "The Wolfman"(Original B/W) there is some beautiful brass, it looks to be about a 6" on Alt-az mount, don't know who made it.


IIRC, it's actually on a GEM, but rotated so that the counterweight is above the telescope. The "observatory" in the film only has bay windows, no sky access!

#95 Rutilus

Rutilus

    Surveyor 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 1874
  • Joined: 17 Dec 2010

Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:44 PM

In the film "My life with Caroline" (1941) there is a big
refracting telescope on Equtorial mount and pier.
The mount looks very similar to those by Clark.

#96 Aircoffee

Aircoffee

    Vostok 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 122
  • Joined: 09 Aug 2010
  • Loc: Inver Grove Heights, MN

Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

A couple of days ago, I watched an old Jerry Lewis movie "Way, Way out" where he was trying to convince his soon to be wife to join him on the moon. She had a large " orange" refractor. Guessing it might have been a Unitron. The movie was from the 1960's era. Anybody know what it was?

#97 Paether

Paether

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 3
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2011
  • Loc: Rugby UK/Poland

Posted 26 August 2013 - 12:31 PM

Signs:

#98 Calypte

Calypte

    Apollo

  • -----
  • Posts: 1159
  • Joined: 20 Mar 2007
  • Loc: Anza, California

Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:45 PM

One of the things that always cracks me up about telescopes in movies and commercials is that they always have the scope (usually a refractor) pointed at a very comfortable 20 degree (or thereabouts) angle above the horizon, with the eyepiece at just the right height to avoid any discomfort while viewing. You never see anybody bending down to reach the eyepiece of a scope pointed to the zenith or anybody standing on a ladder or footstool.

#99 Paether

Paether

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 3
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2011
  • Loc: Rugby UK/Poland

Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:47 PM

You never see anybody bending down to reach the eyepiece of a scope pointed to the zenith


That's true. Furthermore in most movies with telescope, they aren't even used by their owners.

Almost pointed to the zenith ("Meteor Storm"): :)

#100 dgreyson

dgreyson

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 802
  • Joined: 06 Nov 2012
  • Loc: South Carolina

Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:22 PM

Does anyone remember an old B sci fi movie about a giant rectangular Robot with piston feet that stomped around?
It ate energy as I recall and just grew bigger when they bombed it. Kronos: Ravager of Planets 1957. It has some unusual shots of of the 200inch through the wide open dome.
Ive never seen any photos from that angle, whith the scope so clearly shown. lousy movie but impressive shots of the observatory.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics