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#251 AstroKerr

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:00 PM

At Griffith:

Looks like Michael Myers... sort of...



#252 TxStars

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:54 PM

Posted 26 July 2018 - 12:48 PM

Mr Magoo, on 25 Jul 2018 - 8:55 PM, said:

Still trying to figure out what this scope is at the 6 second mark. https://www.youtube....h?v=0uLhJJMi7D0

Hard to tell, it’s so dark.

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 11:49 PM

One of my favorite parts of one of my favorite Christmas Movies!

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Mayflower 815?

 

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 02:02 AM

Classical telescopes in the the movie 10 (1979). The telescopes (among a C8) in this (very bad) movie only used to peek girls (Bo Derek)...

 

Example:

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Think this is a Carton 60mm?



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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:34 AM

If anyone has seen the movie "Wonder", the little guy in the movie wears a space helmet quite a bit, and is a science geek.  He has a telescope in his bedroom.  He suffers from Treacher Collin's and that is more the focus of the show than space.  However, the scope is in several shots.  It looks like it could be a Unitron spotter with the turret.  Initially, I assumed it was a more recent scope with a wannabe similarity, but the tripod is wooden.  

 

Might just be a repro prop, but thought I would throw it out there.  It can be seen at other points in the movie, but at 0:52 you can see it in the right-hand side of the frame of this clip.    Another angle can be seen at 1:57.  My apologies if it isn't a classic at all.  


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 06:43 PM

While resting from doing some outside work, turned on TV, and on Comet TV, the newer version of  "Invaders From Mars"  was on, and I just happened to walk in when the boy was looking out the window through a unitron 3 inch folded refractor, that is what it looked like anyway. Must have been a "wish I had one" back in the day, and even now if you can get a good one.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:08 PM

James Bond - Never Say Never Again (1983)
James Bond - Never Say Never Again (1983)

James Bond - Never Say Never Again (1983)

 

Hi all,

 

I've just sat down to watch "Never Say Never Again" (1983) where Sean Connery plays an aged James Bond tackling villians, dames, sharks and nuclear bombs.  The above stills are taken from the film and for the life of me I cannot work out what telescope he's using in this particular scene.  Is it genuine or has it been modified? 

 

On the whole, it's not a bad film...


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:21 PM

Almost looks like a C8 that they painted gray.
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:26 PM

 

 
 

 

 

Hi all,

 

I've just sat down to watch "Never Say Never Again" (1983) where Sean Connery plays an aged James Bond tackling villians, dames, sharks and nuclear bombs.  The above stills are taken from the film and for the life of me I cannot work out what telescope he's using in this particular scene.  Is it genuine or has it been modified? 

 

On the whole, it's not a bad film...

 

Orange C8 with dew shield, painted gray.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:40 PM

Orange C8 with dew shield, painted gray.

Ah, okey dokey then.  Thank you!  grin.gif



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Posted 21 February 2019 - 01:24 PM

Ah, okey dokey then.  Thank you!  grin.gif

That's not just a standard C8 painted with an added dew shield. The tube is much longer plus the corrector's cell is moved forward on another piece of aluminum tubing. Not to mention what's that thing on the tube? In one still it looks like (pretending), he's using it to focus.  I think it's either some kind of custom job or just a prop that they thought would look more impressive if it was made longer. Plus, check out the custom finder.

 

If it was done just for the movie, why would anybody bother doing anything more than painting one? Perhaps, to fit in with the overall gadgetry of James Bond movies?


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 01:40 PM

I took another look.

I wonder if the front section is suppose to look like it racks in and out and the thing on top is a fake knob to do it?

 

Edit: Downloaded and blown up. In the first photo it looks like the front section isn't racked out. I'd like to see the movie to see if it indeed does move.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 06:02 PM

If anyone has seen the movie "Wonder", the little guy in the movie wears a space helmet quite a bit, and is a science geek.  He has a telescope in his bedroom.  He suffers from Treacher Collin's and that is more the focus of the show than space.  However, the scope is in several shots.  It looks like it could be a Unitron spotter with the turret.  Initially, I assumed it was a more recent scope with a wannabe similarity, but the tripod is wooden.  

 

Might just be a repro prop, but thought I would throw it out there.  It can be seen at other points in the movie, but at 0:52 you can see it in the right-hand side of the frame of this clip.    Another angle can be seen at 1:57.  My apologies if it isn't a classic at all.  

Looks to be over mounted.



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:27 AM

The "Never Say Never Again" telescope.

If you look the front of the telescope moves .

So it is or was a c-8 that was modified to have the front rack in and out.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:13 AM

I took another look.

I wonder if the front section is suppose to look like it racks in and out and the thing on top is a fake knob to do it?

 

Edit: Downloaded and blown up. In the first photo it looks like the front section isn't racked out. I'd like to see the movie to see if it indeed does move.

Yes, I did wonder if that front section was supposed to rack in and out but I can't say I noticed it actually move during the entire scene.  He does fiddle with that little gadget on top of the scope when the scene begins but I couldn't actually say whether it did anything or not.  Of course 007 has to have some sort of modified telescope, doesn't he?  The average C8 just wouldn't do for our Mister Bond.  Oh no... And to think, all he's viewing in this particular scene is Kim Basinger dancing about like a spaced out fairy on the deck of a vessel aptly named "The Flying Saucer"... 


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:33 AM

All tho not a telescope in a movie . A classic Faux Pas of the script wording  that we all tend to hate . The misuse of the word " Astrology " when the proper word ASTRONOMY ! should have been used . In this Outer Limits 2.0 version of  Inconstant Moon , about 2:00 min. into this trailer you hear Stan Hurst a physicist say to his Galfreind  ( who owns a book store ) " Your bookstore has the largest  " Astrology " section  in town " .......  https://www.youtube....h?v=Udcvu_lxFuo

 

How could the writers have missed that one ? flame.gif ohmy.gif rofl2.gif



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:19 AM

There's a 3" to 4" brass telescope  featured in the first minute of the first episode of "The Monkeys" used to girl watch.  I wondered what it might be until "Egor" snapped the tube in half at the end of the scene and there seems to be no objective.  Probably just a stage prop, though it could be a "stand-in" tube for the death scene.

 

Entire episode.  I couldn't watch the entire show, though I remember doing so when it first aired.



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 08:06 PM

"The Abominable Dr. Phibes" starring Vincent Price.  "Love means never having to say you're ugly."

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:48 PM

Care to go moonbathing with the Addams Family?

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:48 PM

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 03:24 AM

I just spotted another classic. This one is a 50mm f/10 Bushnell Sky Rover in the movie Tron Legacy near the beginning. The funny part is I just purchased one of these, interesting timing/coincidence.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 03:36 AM

I was reading Rod Molise's pages and he mentioned the "Men Into Space" television series being part of his childhood - I had never heard of it before but I took a look to see if any of it was on YouTube. I found a Christmas episode which starts wit one of the characters giving his young sons a telescope as their "big present" - "It's a refractor!"

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=xxtYxS_-kFw

 

Looks a lot like a Unitron 3" equatorial to me.



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 03:58 AM

It hard to tell but I think it's a 3" alt-az.

 

Anybody ever notice the ending credits, Space Concepts by Chesley Bonestell.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:32 AM

It hard to tell but I think it's a 3" alt-az.

 

Anybody ever notice the ending credits, Space Concepts by Chesley Bonestell.

 I do believe you're right about the mount! And I didn't notice Bonestell in the credits - they went right to the best when they wanted art direction, didn't they? I should have realized just by watching the show. Bonestell's work is both amazing and distinctive.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:54 AM

And what about the large telescope in the observatory shown in the latest "Project Blue Book", episode 10 of this season (first), "The Washington Merry-Go-Round"? At times it looks authentic and others it doesn't.

 

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