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John Jarosz
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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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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: John Jarosz]
      #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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greedyshark
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: John Jarosz]
      #5831198 - 04/29/13 10:01 PM

Great flick!

Charles


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tim57064
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: John Jarosz]
      #5831834 - 04/30/13 09:22 AM

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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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tim53
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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.

-Tim.


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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.




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



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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #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

Edited by Paether (08/10/13 11:29 AM)


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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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Mr Magoo
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Oliveira]
      #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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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Mr Magoo]
      #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.

Edited by T1R2 (08/12/13 03:04 AM)


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JRiggs
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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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MtnGoat
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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.

Edited by MtnGoat (08/12/13 10:57 PM)


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gfeulner
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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

Edited by gfeulner (08/12/13 11:27 PM)


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Chuck Hards
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: T1R2]
      #6022627 - 08/13/13 10:51 AM

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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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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6031247 - 08/17/13 03:44 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.


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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Rutilus]
      #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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Paether
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. [Re: Aircoffee]
      #6047015 - 08/26/13 01:31 PM

Signs:

Edited by RLTYS (08/27/13 06:10 AM)


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Calypte
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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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Paether
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Re: Classic Telescopes appearances in movies. new [Re: Calypte]
      #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"):

Edited by RLTYS (08/27/13 06:10 AM)


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dgreyson
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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.

Edited by dgreyson (08/26/13 07:52 PM)


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