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tim53
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Fred Ley]
      #4993903 - 12/31/11 11:59 AM

The gods must be crazy had a newt of some kind being used to count wildlife in Africa.

Tim


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Fred Ley]
      #4994407 - 12/31/11 03:48 PM

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The telescope in "First Contact" was indeed a Meade Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.

Also, in the 1986 movie "Invaders From Mars" there is a 3-inch folded Unitron refractor in the boys bedroom.




Yes, and it had somme kind of a wierd truss-end on it...maybe something to make it appear like more of a profesional-observatory class telescope??? In the movie "Impact" which I believe was several hours long (i watched it a long time ago...can't remember if I've even got the title right) where a piece of neutron star crashed into the moon during a meteor shower, therefore changing the mass thoroughly of the moon itself. I can't remember exactly what telescope the main astronomer was using in the movie, but it definitely was a large cassegrain of some sort. It was sad to see him die at the end of the movie on the moon. Excellent movie, and I highly suggest that everyone try to see it one way or another. The only negative thing I'd have to say is that there sure was a "quick fix" in the end for such a large and complicated/sophisticated problem. Also...just another bit of a critique, I believe that that astronomer was the founder or something of a piece of neutron star that landed on Earth due to the collision. He walked right up to a base-ball sized piece in a crater, if I remember correctly...I'm pretty sure that neglects the laws of physics or soemthing. From the reading I've done, I'm pretty sure that neutron star material has to be heated to be that dense, and when it cools it expands explosively...the relatively "nice" conditions of the Earth are a bit mild for it to just be like that, for sure.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: lunar]
      #4996114 - 01/01/12 05:22 PM

in the iconic 80s flick "can't buy me love", the main character was in a store testing it a 6" meade cometracker.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #4996681 - 01/01/12 11:08 PM

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Never Say Never Again ( 1983 )
James Bond looking into telescope and look like a Celestron modified.

At this link you can download the scene of the telescope:
http://alag3.mfa.kfki.hu/astro/Movies/




Does anybody know the type of telescope in this film?.. Celestron?..


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4996695 - 01/01/12 11:15 PM

I was watching a 'B' movie the other night called 'Restiturion' In it our investigator hero is questioning a 'peeping tom" type nerd in the nerd's apartment. The nerd has 3 scopes set up by his balcony windo , 2 refractors and a 4.5" newt which is set up BACKWARDS with the mirror end toward the window.. Our hero even takes a peek through it. What a laugh!

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Fred Ley]
      #4997407 - 01/02/12 12:34 PM

It wasn't a movie but a series on TV called "One Step Beyond". The host did his usual intro in a lab setting with the camera panning the background and showing a fairly large refractor (white) among other not-so scientific apparatus.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4997658 - 01/02/12 03:14 PM

In the 1951 low budget, "The Man from Planet X" the scientists use a reflector on what looks like a DIY EQ pipe mount to see Planet X.

The actor who played the evil Doctor Mears went on to play an ambulance attendent in "Them" He also appeared in "Space Patrol- the Hidden Reflector" --whether a Newt or Cassegrain remains a mystery.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: barbarosa]
      #4999653 - 01/03/12 05:35 PM

Sky & Tel even an an ad for just one month several years ago for a 'fly by night' telescope showing the wrong end of a reflector facing the sky. Someone in editing must have seen this and just let it go for a laugh.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: oldtimer]
      #4999759 - 01/03/12 06:42 PM

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Sky & Tel even an an ad for just one month several years ago for a 'fly by night' telescope showing the wrong end of a reflector facing the sky. Someone in editing must have seen this and just let it go for a laugh.




That's funny

If I were the editor of a magazine, I wouldn't be able to refuse doing that every once in a while just for laughs...after all, what's a hobby without having a little bit of laughs, fun, and jokes every now and then?

-Just kidding I'd be too nice not to mention something.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Vesper818]
      #4999760 - 01/03/12 06:44 PM

Retro tv shows this in the wash dc area daily & i saw it last month...it's a 4" model 152 Unitron and the salesman mentions that there is a solar filter in the eyepiece while he has it set up on Mr Wilson's lawn,they even show a brief shot of the sun with plenty of sunspots...later it's set up in the house,i'll bet the stagehands were grumbling about breaking it down & moving it...it's one of the better episodes of this show.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Fred Ley]
      #5000076 - 01/03/12 10:07 PM

there is a questar 3 1/2 in the movie body double,i also remember a japanese 1950s sci fi movie where there is a GOTO or a UNITRON 3" or 4" eq, refractor the main character is called protector of the universe something like that.he saves mankind from evil aliens trying to take over ,what else is new.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #5002095 - 01/05/12 06:37 AM

Besides movies, over the years I've seen a couple of product advertisements where there were classic telescopes. Unfortunetly I dont remember what the products were, but I do remember seeing a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope pointing out a highrise office in a city.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #5002998 - 01/05/12 05:11 PM

Two of my favorite films ... among many ... have large, old refractors in them:

THE WOLF MAN (1941) .. with Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains:

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6074/wolfman1941.jpg

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) ... with Richard Carlson:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8926/itcamefromouterspace195.jpg

Both refractors look like homemade jobs!


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5011410 - 01/10/12 10:12 PM

I wanted to make sure this scope existed before I spouted off. A Towa branded scope same model as the Jason 313 and Sears 4451 with the flip up guide scope. I assume it is the Towa version since it looked white to me in "Sleeping With The Enemy" with Julia Roberts.
One for sale on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-TOWA-JAPAN-ASTRONOMICAL-TELESCOPE-D-60mm-F-700mm-WOODEN-STAND-/110804336220?_trksid=p4340.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUA%26otn%3D5%26pmod%3D370575629352%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5524031935816589231 .

LOL, is that a record length link?

Edited by AstroPhys (01/10/12 10:14 PM)


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5011468 - 01/10/12 10:36 PM

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Two of my favorite films ... among many ... have large, old refractors in them:

THE WOLF MAN (1941) .. with Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains:

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6074/wolfman1941.jpg




[OT] I live in the house that was used in Lon Chaney Jr's last film, "Spider Baby" in 1964. Spider Baby titles

The surviving cast members came back to the house for a reunion about 15 years ago.
[/OT]

-Tim.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: tim53]
      #5041948 - 01/28/12 01:50 AM

Never Say Never Again ( 1983 )
Does anybody know what kind of telescope is in the film?.. Telescope Scene


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5043117 - 01/28/12 06:50 PM

Its a C-8 that appears to have been modified. Can't tell for sure what they did, but the front was extended visually. Added the odd thing on top. Looks like a standard front was added on.
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #5043318 - 01/28/12 09:18 PM

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Its a C-8 that appears to have been modified. Can't tell for sure what they did, but the front was extended visually. Added the odd thing on top. Looks like a standard front was added on.
Brian




You right is a Celestron and I think the secondary mirror is adjustable. Very interesting setup I wondering who modified the C8.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5043686 - 01/29/12 05:24 AM

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Its a C-8 that appears to have been modified... Very interesting setup.. I wondering who modified the C8.




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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: StarBucket]
      #5043687 - 01/29/12 05:27 AM

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Quote:

Its a C-8 that appears to have been modified... Very interesting setup.. I wondering who modified the C8.




Q




Actually, I take that back. I think it was Algenon in this case, was it not?


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