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Classic Telescopes appearances in movies.
      #4990776 - 12/29/11 06:46 PM

I have just watched that old (1966) Jerry Lewis movie "Way... Way out" and thought about how often we see telescopes appearing in movies. I can remember some scenes, but, I think have never seen a questar performing as a punch device, like Anita Ekberg came up with. Well in a Jerry's movie, everything is possible!
Take a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgh5kHqTjh0
By the way, could one say which is the other telescope in the scene? A short refractor?
I take this opportunity to wish you a Great New Year for all.
Clear optics and dark sky!


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4990787 - 12/29/11 06:52 PM

A very nice observatory Cassegrain(?) with a decent size refractor piggyback on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J88vLOdxFBY

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4990820 - 12/29/11 07:05 PM

Quote:

I have just watched that old (1966) Jerry Lewis movie "Way... Way out" and thought about how often we see telescopes appearing in movies. I can remember some scenes, but, I think have never seen a questar performing as a punch device, like Anita Ekberg came up with. Well in a Jerry's movie, everything is possible!
Take a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgh5kHqTjh0
By the way, could one say which is the other telescope in the scene? A short refractor?
I take this opportunity to wish you a Great New Year for all.
Clear optics and dark sky!




I believe thats Constance Ingolia, aka Connie Stevens.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4990962 - 12/29/11 08:28 PM

You might enjoy my blog article from some time back:

http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2008/05/scopes-n-stars.html


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: rmollise]
      #4991330 - 12/30/11 12:59 AM

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/

Edited by BRisley (12/30/11 08:53 AM)


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4991457 - 12/30/11 04:08 AM

Not sure if anyone remembers the Old Dennis The Menace sit com from the late 1950's thru early 60's and Good Ole Mr Wilson. Well one episode Dennis was shooting some space age blast toy while Mr Wilson was trying out his brand new refractor telescope in the back yard and thought he discovered some sort of UFO. It was a grand looking scope, remember it being a white tube on an Eq mount, must have been a Unitron, it was at least 80mm obj or larger. I can picture it in my mind. Wish I can locate that episode. Bob

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4991533 - 12/30/11 06:33 AM

In the classic "My Tutor" Bobby(?) wanted to go to UCLA and major in astronomy and had a big eq refractor.

In "10" Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews looked at each other with refractors

In "Star Trek first contact" Cochrane had a modified schmidt cass.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: BDS316]
      #4991618 - 12/30/11 08:47 AM

Well, I can remember some other "telescope movies" (sorry, but not listed in chronological sequence):

The Mechanic - Charles Bronson - Questar.
Silent Runnning - Bruce Dern - Early Celestron Orange C8.
I Dream of Jeannie (series) - Nelson's loft - A 3" refractor.
Roxane - Steve Martin - Daryl Hannah's Newtonian reflector.
Armageddon - Bruce Willis - Unknown telescope (in fact i have not watched this whole movie).
Beach Party (1963) - Frankie Avalon/Anette Funicello - Robert Cummings terrestrial refractor (Tasco VTE55?).


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4991630 - 12/30/11 08:58 AM

Guys, just a reminder, no direct pictures of movie scenes, URL links are permitted.
Brian


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #4991634 - 12/30/11 09:00 AM

Don't forget Close Encounters with a big orange tube and Sabrina, the teenage witch show used a Celestron in multiple episodes.
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #4992972 - 12/30/11 09:38 PM

Eiger Sanction - Looks like maybe a white tubed Tasco.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: 1stScope]
      #4993019 - 12/30/11 10:05 PM

Wow, you guys are good!

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: bob midiri]
      #4993123 - 12/30/11 11:05 PM

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Not sure if anyone remembers the Old Dennis The Menace sit com from the late 1950's thru early 60's and Good Ole Mr Wilson. Well one episode Dennis was shooting some space age blast toy while Mr Wilson was trying out his brand new refractor telescope in the back yard and thought he discovered some sort of UFO. It was a grand looking scope, remember it being a white tube on an Eq mount, must have been a Unitron, it was at least 80mm obj or larger. I can picture it in my mind. Wish I can locate that episode. Bob




This one - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0557946/


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: bob midiri]
      #4993375 - 12/31/11 04:28 AM

Quote:

Not sure if anyone remembers the Old Dennis The Menace sit com from the late 1950's thru early 60's and Good Ole Mr Wilson. Well one episode Dennis was shooting some space age blast toy while Mr Wilson was trying out his brand new refractor telescope in the back yard and thought he discovered some sort of UFO. It was a grand looking scope, remember it being a white tube on an Eq mount, must have been a Unitron, it was at least 80mm obj or larger. I can picture it in my mind. Wish I can locate that episode. Bob




Mr Wilson let Dennis point what looks like a 4 " Unitron at the sun, with no visible filter!
Spittin' image of Preston's Dad's scope.
Here's your episode...


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Vesper818]
      #4993404 - 12/31/11 05:22 AM

i guess ill just have to buy that episode from amazon. I remember seeing that episode as a kid, and I was envious of his telescope.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: bob midiri]
      #4993473 - 12/31/11 07:31 AM

In Star Trek's "First Contact" my hero Zephram Cochran has what looks like a C8 or C11 with a truss extension added to it to make it look cool.

http://www.trollandtoad.com/p202537.html

Zephram Cochran where are you!!!


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: tim53]
      #4993480 - 12/31/11 07:42 AM

Cool Movie.

It looks like my future home observatory!

Since when do Astromoners where lab coats?


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Napersky]
      #4993486 - 12/31/11 07:48 AM

A couple of the later Sci-fi channel's meteor and asteroid disaster movies have telescopes in them but not classics.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #4993710 - 12/31/11 10:34 AM

Quote:

Well, I can remember some other "telescope movies" (sorry, but not listed in chronological sequence):

The Mechanic - Charles Bronson - Questar.
Silent Runnning - Bruce Dern - Early Celestron Orange C8.
I Dream of Jeannie (series) - Nelson's loft - A 3" refractor.
Roxane - Steve Martin - Daryl Hannah's Newtonian reflector.
Armageddon - Bruce Willis - Unknown telescope (in fact i have not watched this whole movie).
Beach Party (1963) - Frankie Avalon/Anette Funicello - Robert Cummings terrestrial refractor (Tasco VTE55?).




I saw "The Mechanic" again just a couple weeks ago. Interesting that they have Mr. Bronson looking through the "back end" of the Questar. Like it was a refractor.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Napersky]
      #4993724 - 12/31/11 10:41 AM

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.


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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.

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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.

Clear skies,
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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

Quote:

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.

Rich (RLTYS)


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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

Quote:

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]

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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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5044436 - 01/29/12 03:38 PM

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




That's definitely an 80s c8 (black ribbed back) with some kind of external modification.

Perhaps Bond recognized the need for a dew shield and had one custom built.

Or maybe it's a Tuthill after market part.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: gnowellsct]
      #5044592 - 01/29/12 05:19 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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




That's definitely an 80s c8 (black ribbed back) with some kind of external modification.

Perhaps Bond recognized the need for a dew shield and had one custom built.

Or maybe it's a Tuthill after market part.

GN




If you look at the scene carefully you will notice that James Bond is looking into the telescope's eyepiece and at the same time he is adjusting the external modification to bring the images into focus.

The modifications are professional done and I will says with commercial intentions is very strange that getting some information are so difficult to obtain.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5044839 - 01/29/12 07:30 PM

Keep in mind, these are often just props, not actual working instruments. They may have wanted him to adjust something that did not require him to block his face with his hand, which focusing using the correct knob would have required.
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5044904 - 01/29/12 08:16 PM

Quote:

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!




I am reasonably sure the refractor in "It Came from Outer Space" was made by Lohmann Brothers. I owned a 5" f/15 OTA of theirs for two decades.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #5045362 - 01/30/12 02:45 AM

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Keep in mind, these are often just props, not actual working instruments. They may have wanted him to adjust something that did not require him to block his face with his hand, which focusing using the correct knob would have required.
Brian



It doesn't make sense to me.. I still thinking is a real telescope.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5045656 - 01/30/12 10:52 AM

I recall the large reflector from 1987's "Roxanne", in the scene with Steve Martin assisting comet-hunter Daryl Hannah up an ungodly flight of stars with it. Scope appeared to be a Meade, but memory is dim... haven't seen the film in well over twenty years.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5045864 - 01/30/12 12:36 PM

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




Nice film clip, thanks for sharing.

What telescope?? Guess I didn't notice ...........


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: AstroPhys]
      #5046143 - 01/30/12 03:26 PM

Local Hero - 11 3/4" Fullerscopes Newt on MKIV Fullerscopes mount in the bosses observatory / office

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: philjay]
      #5046363 - 01/30/12 05:23 PM

I recall a telescope in the season 5, episode 1, of The Avengers tv series. The title of the program was "From Venus with Love". It involved members of The Venusian Society. I did locate two stills on the internet and have downloaded them. They appear in my Google search. I typed, in quotes "from venus with love" and the two images with the telescopes appear on the first page. One has to switch to "images" at the top of the page as I did and there they were, further down the page.
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Brian



It doesn't make sense to me.. I still thinking is a real telescope.




About as real as the LX200 in the Star Trek film.


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Brian



It doesn't make sense to me.. I still thinking is a real telescope.




About as real as the LX200 in the Star Trek film.




I suppose you all right.. but I will keep searching. By the way I saw your 'Scopes n Stars' webpage and your Astro Blog has alot good information.. well done.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5052960 - 02/03/12 07:38 AM

Laura Croft - Tomb Raider- gonna build my next observatory next to my bedroom :-)

Picture removed - TOS

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back end- need to build it before the next "planatary allignment"


Picture removed - TOS

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      #5054675 - 02/04/12 08:44 AM

With all those bright lights on I'm suprised they can see anything in that scope.

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With all those bright lights on I'm suprised they can see anything in that scope.

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Dunno...but Ms. Jolie shore was "heavenly."


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With all those bright lights on I'm suprised they can see anything in that scope.

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I observe the moon and planets with the lights on softly- it actually is better to have a slightly constricted pupil- less abberrations. Laura was looking at "planetary allignment" LOL
Here is a link to the best view of her scope
http://forum.tombraidergirl.net/index.php?page=UserGalleryPhoto&photoID=939&s=721e9d6164c7ae2b27bdefb892e1d68b1e15be26#profileContent


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      #5058764 - 02/06/12 03:43 PM

Cybill 'The Last Temptation of Cybill'. .. I think they are using a Jason telescope outside down..

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      #5058833 - 02/06/12 04:25 PM

'The Sky and the Telescope' 1963 by Visual education Films.

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      #5059001 - 02/06/12 06:07 PM

Was it DEEP IMPACT that starts out with an star party where the boy finds the " star " in the big dipper handle?, the girl next to him also has a scope, and argues bout its identity, then later in the movie, it switches to a professional observatory, always wondered if it was a real observatory.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Napersky]
      #5059162 - 02/06/12 08:02 PM

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Cool Movie.

It looks like my future home observatory!

Since when do Astromoners where lab coats?




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      #5059324 - 02/06/12 09:54 PM

I wonder what kind it is supposed to be???

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: ams]
      #5059901 - 02/07/12 08:41 AM

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'The Sky and the Telescope' 1963 by Visual education Films.




That was a great movie, wish it was longer.

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      #5059932 - 02/07/12 09:11 AM

there has to be a part 2. I hope, old maybe, but still true.

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'The Sky and the Telescope' 1963 by Visual education Films.




Great find! I thought I was in grade school again! I can still imagine the size of that refractor. What nastalgia!


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      #5060278 - 02/07/12 12:39 PM

Pirates of the Caribbean is full of them.

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      #5074845 - 02/16/12 01:52 AM

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Roxane - Steve Martin - Daryl Hannah's Newtonian reflector.




Roxanne was a great movie. It was shot here in British Columbia.
The scope was an Omcon 10 inch made by Sky Instruments in the 1980s

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: stevew]
      #5679222 - 02/14/13 11:19 AM

well known starparty scene at the beginning of the 1998 movie "Deep Impact"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLgSKv2P-ow


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      #5714370 - 03/05/13 12:35 PM

At 02:00 young boys wakes up to start observing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY0KfjWcilw


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      #5714547 - 03/05/13 02:02 PM

I always loved that movie. When the aliens are drilling implants into the adult's heads, take a close look. The implant is a car fuse, LOL

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      #5714639 - 03/05/13 02:56 PM

I don't know how this one got made without a telescope, where is the Palomar Jr.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y4crGU7dkg
Professor is using a 60mm Swift here in Beach Party:
http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi835977753/?ref_=tt_wb_hulu

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      #5714741 - 03/05/13 03:51 PM

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!

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      #5714927 - 03/05/13 05:19 PM

When I got my Polarex 132C, I was told it had been used in the filming of one of the Xmen movies...

Apparently it sat in the "professor's office". Unfortunately, the takes in which it appeared never made it to the final release...maybe in a director's cut?


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: R Botero]
      #5792383 - 04/11/13 01:28 PM

Right now on Turner Classic Movies is a 1946 film with John Garfield and Walter Brennan called "Nobody Lives Forever".

About 15 minutes into the film there is a scene with an old 4 or 5 inch brass refractor on a GEM mount. Very coollooking scope. Nothing phony about the placement or usage at all.


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      #5795666 - 04/13/13 12:00 AM

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

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      #5795992 - 04/13/13 06:25 AM

Cocoon , both parts, in part one the boy has an orange telescope and in part two it turns white.
Both were probably 60mm, in the original movie, Id guess Celestron, in the second part, I got no idea.


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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!
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      #5797088 - 04/13/13 04:46 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

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      #5797431 - 04/13/13 08:16 PM

I loved Robby the Robot.

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      #5797658 - 04/13/13 11:14 PM

Robby is the coolest thing this side of Altair!

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      #5797897 - 04/14/13 07:21 AM

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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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5831030 - 04/29/13 08:21 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.

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      #5831143 - 04/29/13 09:23 PM

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

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      #5831198 - 04/29/13 10:01 PM

Great flick!

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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?


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Bonco]
      #5831979 - 04/30/13 10:54 AM

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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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5832199 - 04/30/13 12:35 PM

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




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      #6017415 - 08/10/13 11:20 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.astroparody.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_28.html

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Paether]
      #6017820 - 08/10/13 03:31 PM

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

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      #6018538 - 08/11/13 04:36 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

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      #6020172 - 08/12/13 03:02 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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #6021764 - 08/12/13 09:52 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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Paether]
      #6021862 - 08/12/13 10:56 PM

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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.astroparody.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #6021890 - 08/12/13 11:14 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

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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!


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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.


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      #6031633 - 08/17/13 07:41 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?

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      #6047015 - 08/26/13 01:31 PM

Signs:

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Paether]
      #6047410 - 08/26/13 05:45 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.

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      #6047523 - 08/26/13 06:47 PM

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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"):

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Paether]
      #6047560 - 08/26/13 07:22 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.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6047943 - 08/26/13 11:17 PM

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The sound effects in Forbidden Planet are amazing!

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6048013 - 08/27/13 12:14 AM

Or an Anne Francis fan!

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Paether]
      #6048195 - 08/27/13 04:19 AM

That's a lot of dew on that corrector...hope they can see through all that...lol

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: T1R2]
      #6048237 - 08/27/13 06:14 AM

To All

You cannot post pictures from movies (TOS Rules). If you want to show a picture from a movie you must post a link to the movie.

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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #6254279 - 12/15/13 11:20 AM

Aren't they using a purple Questar in Body Double (1984 movie of Brian de Palma featuring the Chemosphere, a house built for aerospace engineer Leonard Malin by architect John Lautner) ?

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