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#376 Jeff B

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Posted 14 April 2020 - 08:35 AM

A really nice movie that I would recommend to anyone, Local Hero with Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. 

 

Mr Happer, Burt Lancaster was an oil company executive whose big ambition was to discover a comet. 

 

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I love that movie!



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Posted 14 April 2020 - 09:00 AM

I don't know if this is a classic scope or not but I noticed this last night while watching Mad Men, season 7 episode 7. 

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

 

 

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Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series ran on the cable network AMC from 2007 to 2015, lasting for seven seasons and 92 episodes. Its fictional time frame runs from March 1960 to November 1970.

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Maybe just about my favorite cable TV series! I love to binge watch MM!


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Posted 14 April 2020 - 09:19 AM

I have always enjoyed the Dr Blake mysteries:  check out season 4 episode 8.  This show starts out at Ballarat Observatory Australia.  The observatory is hosting a public event for a solar eclipse.  The large reflector telescope with the writing on it is called  " The Baker" built in 1886 by Captain Henry Baker.  History of the Ballarat telescopes:  http://observatory.b...res/telescopes/

 

Another small scope is showed in the background before Dr. Blake and his nemesis enters the observatory.

 

https://www.dailymot...m/video/x6u2su0


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Posted 14 April 2020 - 07:24 PM

Maybe just about my favorite cable TV series! I love to binge watch MM!

Looks like they still don't know/care where a scope is pointing - it's just a set piece! lol.gif

 

I have always enjoyed the Dr Blake mysteries:  check out season 4 episode 8.  This show starts out at Ballarat Observatory Australia.  The observatory is hosting a public event for a solar eclipse.  The large reflector telescope with the writing on it is called  " The Baker" built in 1886 by Captain Henry Baker.  History of the Ballarat telescopes:  http://observatory.b...res/telescopes/

 

Another small scope is showed in the background before Dr. Blake and his nemesis enters the observatory.

 

https://www.dailymot...m/video/x6u2su0

Thanks for that - didn't realise this show made it across the Pacific but remember the episode...never thought about checking out the Ballarat Observatory...the Baker looks like it was laid-up when that pikky was taken but hopefully when all this dies down we'll pay it a visit as it isn't too far from one of our (newer) favourite planetary imaging sites when we travel to Victoria! smile.gif


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Posted 17 May 2020 - 02:12 PM

Jean-Luc Picard's telescope:

 

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-scene from "The Inner Light".


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Posted 17 May 2020 - 03:13 PM

Likely not a classic scope. Netflix,  Season 1, Episode 1 of The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Explained.

 

At 53 seconds from the end of the episode "All these things that were scary to our ancestors we now understand through the lens of science." 

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Posted 17 May 2020 - 08:24 PM

Likely not a classic scope. Netflix,  Season 1, Episode 1 of The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Explained.

 

At 53 seconds from the end of the episode "All these things that were scary to our ancestors we now understand through the lens of science." 

With the exception of which end of a Newtonian to point at the sky. 

 

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:56 AM

:roflmao:



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 08:06 AM

1987 Can't Buy Me Love. Meade F3.6 Mak Newt. He doesn't buy the scope. He spends his $1000 on his high school crush which is the plot.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:20 AM

Maybe just about my favorite cable TV series! I love to binge watch MM!

Cheezy scope, but Don gave a neighbour a brand new Leica camera like it was candy.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:36 AM

I was watching Tubi TV last night and stumbled upon the episode "Innocents in Space" of Dennis the Menace.  It was broadcast on November 1, 1959 and unlike most TV shows and movies, the telescope is featured prominently, it's central to the plot.  Mr. Wilson has spotted what he thinks is a satellite but I turns out to be some glow in the dark ping pong balls Dennis is shooting from his window..

 

This is the link to the Youtube Video.

 

Innocents in Space 

 

There is a 5 minute period beginning at the 5:30 mark that shows the scope prominently and there is more besides.  

 

I have little knowledge of scopes from that era but I am guessing it's a Unitron, probably a 4 inch.  I am sure most of you will immediately identify the scope.  One thing I am pretty sure of... it's 1959 or earlier.  smile.gif

 

The operation of the scope is pretty crazy, to move from the sun to the moon they simply rotate the EQ mount on the azimuth axis and then realign the RA and Dec axes.  I imagine no one on the set could figure out to work the EQ mount.

 

Jon

Surprised Unitron didn't get their name mentioned in the show.  Maybe "product placement" wasn't as much of a thing back then? 


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 01:37 PM

This was mentioned a few years ago but an answer wasn't found... 

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark, maybe 40 minutes in... Given the focal length, I assume it's a prop but I don't know. What do you think?

 

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There's a pretty sweet transit in another scene that definitely looks authentic. I'd say it belongs in a museum. 

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Posted 26 June 2020 - 06:00 PM

I remember that my grandpa had a great big self made aluminum 16” reflector that was disguised as a laser in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. He worked in the special effects dept of Universal Studios and let them use it for the episode.
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Posted 27 June 2020 - 05:48 PM

Warning From Space, 1956, had a really nice looking large refractor.  And if it wasn't set up for the movie, it's near the equator somewhere. http://www.millionmo...gFromSpace.html

 

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:17 PM

It seems like it's design was influenced by the back end of the Griffith Park Zeiss laying on top of a big GEM.

The perspective is kind of tweaked, so I think it's a Hollywood combination of a Prop and Matte Painting.

They did a lot of that stuff back then.

 

Not to mention it almost looks to go beyond the dome's opening!


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:30 PM

Didn't realize this thread was so old when I downloaded these pictures. George Kennedy watching Clint Eastwood mountain climb in The Eiger Sanction and sinister women watching a blastoff In Our Man Flint.20200628_001320.jpg

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 07:03 AM

"sinister women watching a blastoff In Our Man Flint" - those scopes look decent, I'm guessing 76mm? Remind me somewhat of my Sears 6339. Mounts look good too.

 

Looks like they have terrestrial inverters in the draw tubes. A good idea if the actors are making the scene realistic by actually looking through them.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 11:33 AM

Mayflower 816s with the mounts painted white and the counterweight bars removed. 76mmx1200mm Astro Optical OTA (basically the same as the Tasco 10TE). Mounted on pipes as pedestals. Looks like they may have cut the tripod flanges off of the hubs. 

 

Now we know why these Mayflowers are hard to find!

 

I would imagine they originally were going to not bother with the porro prisms, but then found that they simplified adjusting the position of the eyepieces to compensate for the different heights of the actresses. What would be important for the production designer would be to have all of the scopes at the same height and angle in the shot, since the regularity helps preserve the feeling of the scene. Random variation would reduce the seriousness.

 

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