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#1 NeilMac

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

Hope Im not out of line here, if I am sorry.

After watching a movie I thought I saw a really stupid error in how they built a scope. A Spider with secondary mirror in a Refracting telescope. Am I wrong in this or did they really make a stupid mistake?

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

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#3 dan_h

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:04 PM

I don't get concerned at all about what goes on in movies. It is all fantasy anyways and technical inaccuracies like this don't detract from the story line at all.

If you consider stories like "The day After Tomorrow" and "Meteor" and "2012" and you don't find them entertaining, you will turn them off. Some of the best movies out there simply won't hold up to scrutiny but they are still a hoot to watch.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:24 PM

Hope Im not out of line here, if I am sorry.

After watching a movie I thought I saw a really stupid error in how they built a scope. A Spider with secondary mirror in a Refracting telescope. Am I wrong in this or did they really make a stupid mistake?


It could be some sort of a very odd cassegrain... :)

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#5 NeilMac

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:34 PM

Im not like that in that it does not interfere with my focus on the movie and enjoying it. I know too many people that focus more on detail then just the entertainment (barring blatant insult to intelligence).
I like to loose myself in a fantasy movie and release all logic LOL.
It just slapped me in the face and I stored the info for later consideration. After-all, it does not take much time to see how a telescope is built, its very basic lol.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

In the Big Bang Theory series the guys took an SCT to watch a meteor shower.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

Neil, what movie is this from??

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:41 PM

There is a commercial on tv that shows someone pointing a newt backwards. They had the closed end toward the sky. Guess they thought the eyepiece goes at the bottom end like a refractor. Anyone else see that one?

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:05 PM

I have seen ads in print and television where a kid had the telescope pointed at the ground. :/

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:23 PM

Movie makers are rich and have access to the best and most expensive equipment, including astronomical equipment. Maybe there are designs out there that nobody here has access to because they are beyond the grasp of an amateur. Keep an open mind, and watch out for that F5 tornado in Los Angeles.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:13 AM

Hope Im not out of line here, if I am sorry.

After watching a movie I thought I saw a really stupid error in how they built a scope. A Spider with secondary mirror in a Refracting telescope. Am I wrong in this or did they really make a stupid mistake?


It could be some sort of a very odd cassegrain... :)

Jon


An odd-shaped Schmidt Camera, for instance. :)

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:29 AM

It looks like it's an animated movie. In that case, someone had to draw it. My guess is they either didn't have a telescope to look at, or they had two. A refractor and a Newt. Best of both worlds.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:38 AM

In the Big Bang Theory series the guys took an SCT to watch a meteor shower.


The fact that non-astro folk would utterly fail to recognize there's anything hilariously amiss about the above statement tells you all you need to know about why the directors of movies and commercials are so carelessly indifferent to egregious errors in depicting telescopes in their productions.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:44 AM

Keep an open mind, and watch out for that F5 tornado in Los Angeles.


I thought that was a volcano?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

I recently saw part of a program on the History channel wherein two unrelated "EXPERTS" referred to the Pleiades as a constellation. The best thing to do is turn off your intellect before watching most anything in media.

Clear Skies,

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#16 NeilMac

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:29 AM

Its from the movie Escape from planet earth.

What got me is that they couldn't be bothered to do their home work, that also sums up the movie, its a collage of many movies and unoriginal.
Bugs bunny shows were more intelligent.

Hail Bugs Bunny live long and prosper !
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:49 AM

The really scary part are the areas that we too no little or nothing about. They can be full of *BLEEP* and we are none the wiser about it. :confused: :help:That's why it helps to breed a good healthy cynical attitude. :lol: Mike

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

In the Big Bang Theory series the guys took an SCT to watch a meteor shower.


The fact that non-astro folk would utterly fail to recognize there's anything hilariously amiss about the above statement tells you all you need to know about why the directors of movies and commercials are so carelessly indifferent to egregious errors in depicting telescopes in their productions.


Such errors are small in comparison to the magic portrayed as Kirk and crew suddenly accelerate to some velocity that allows them to pass stars in a matter of seconds while their bodies experience no inertial forces...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

I think they call it a dampening field :)
(They got the cell phones right ;) )

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

I don't get concerned at all about what goes on in movies. It is all fantasy anyways and technical inaccuracies like this don't detract from the story line at all.

Some of the best movies out there simply won't hold up to scrutiny but they are still a hoot to watch.

dan


If you think that there are a lot of astronomical technical mistakes, there are even more, and potentially life threatening ones, in scuba movies.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:46 AM

I recently saw part of a program on the History channel wherein two unrelated "EXPERTS" referred to the Pleiades as a constellation. The best thing to do is turn off your intellect before watching most anything in media.

Clear Skies,

Steve


Don't get me started on the History Channel. I watch it shaking my head.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:12 PM

"Could there be another, more extra terrestrial explanation?"
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#23 NeilMac

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

History channel is more doctrine then reality LOL.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

I quit watching history channel all together. They seem to have the inability to have a science program without bible quotes or aliens.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

To use an old TV qoute: "Damn it Jim, I, m a doctor, not a (fill in occupation here).






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