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Classic Telescopes in TV, Hollywood and Movies

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#501 Chuck Hards

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 04:12 PM

It came from Outer Space.  1953 cheeseball scifi.  Scope is a large brass refractor, but they guy and lady were looking through a right angle pipe with a prism attached to the end of it!  Obviously, a contrived prop added, but the scope was real.

 

This was mentioned very early in this thread, but the pic is nice.


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Posted 27 January 2021 - 04:15 PM

And you can see the soundstage fill lights reflecting in the objective. A good production designer would have avoided that (and also the obvious junction between the floor and the backdrop).

 

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Not to mention the "day for night" shooting because the film was not sensitive in those days.



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Posted 31 January 2021 - 03:45 PM

It came from Outer Space.  1953 cheeseball scifi.  Scope is a large brass refractor, but they guy and lady were looking through a right angle pipe with a prism attached to the end of it!  Obviously, a contrived prop added, but the scope was real.

That scope and movie was previously discussed. Someone with a better memory (than me), might recall the other movie the same scope was featured in. It also showed the rather strange angle of the diagonal.


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Posted 01 February 2021 - 02:12 AM

Jekyll and Hyde, tv series 2015.  Could just be a cheap contemporary thing from India

 

 

 

 

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 11:29 AM

Just watched "The Dig" about a British archeological dig in 1939. The excavator had a refractor that they actually used, not just a prop.


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Posted 15 February 2021 - 10:07 PM

Just watched "The Dig" about a British archeological dig in 1939. The excavator had a refractor that they actually used, not just a prop.

 

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Posted 16 February 2021 - 09:36 AM

I need to see that!



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Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:27 AM

I was watching Columbo last night on MeTV and look what popped up! A beautiful 1920s 60mm x 840mm Zeiss Traveling Telescope!!

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:32 AM

BTW, the Columbo episode was LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE, (1976).


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 01:06 AM

Terra, I always loved watching Columbo. On second note: That tripod sure looks weird to me. The rightmost leg doesn't belong. Is that the missing clue to resolve the murder case?


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:42 AM

Terra, I always loved watching Columbo. On second note: That tripod sure looks weird to me. The rightmost leg doesn't belong. Is that the missing clue to resolve the murder case?

It turned out the murder weapon was the undusted belaying pin. And all the while, I thought it was Professor Plum, in the Conservatory, with the Wrench! :lol:


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 06:00 PM

I was watching a rerun of Home Improvement an hour or so ago, and Tim the Tool Man Taylor was talking to his nextdoor neighbor Wilson over the fence on night while Wilson was observing with a black C80 Firstscope refractor. I didn’t have my phone handy so I wasn’t able to snap a pic. It was Season 2, episode 18, “Bye Bye Birdie".


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 08:24 PM

BTW, the Columbo episode was LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE, (1976).

Gotta love Columbo!


Edited by rcwolpert, 16 March 2021 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 12:46 AM

"American Gods"  David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ontario-Canada.  72 inch reflector.  Scope is about 85 years old.

 

 

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Posted 18 March 2021 - 12:42 PM

Urkel's classic

 

 

 

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 08:52 PM

Donovan's Reef - John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero, and a real brass vintage refractor...

 

 

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 08:38 AM

"American Gods"  David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ontario-Canada.  72 inch reflector.  Scope is about 85 years old.

Imagine the light pollution today, compared to when it was built. FYI for those not familiar, Richmond Hill is just north of Toronto and is part of the Greater Toronto Area conurbation of about six million inhabitants.


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Posted 24 March 2021 - 06:39 PM

Imagine the light pollution today, compared to when it was built. FYI for those not familiar, Richmond Hill is just north of Toronto and is part of the Greater Toronto Area conurbation of about six million inhabitants.

From that area, circa 1970, you could see the Milky Way.  Now?....Mag 4 skies at best.



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Posted 24 March 2021 - 06:40 PM

Donovan's Reef - John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero, and a real brass vintage refractor...

Big scope, I wonder who made it?



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Posted 24 March 2021 - 07:10 PM

Jeff Bridges with his C-8 at the end of the K-Pax movie.........



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Posted 26 March 2021 - 10:11 PM

1959 - Hounds of the Baskervilles- the first color Sherlock Holmes movie

 

Peter Cushing as Sherlock - fixing a telescope with "a dab of graphite grease"

 

 

 

 

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:05 PM

Charlie Bronson (ok, I was channel-surfing if you want the truth lol.gif ) pulling a Questar from the back seat to spy on drug dealers who they were intending to liquidate (literally, in a metal-plating workshop's acid bath) in "The Mechanic."

 

That's one old macho-movie - apologies if it's been mentioned before - but I wasn't about to skim through 21 pages of this thread to check..!?! grin.gif



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Posted 28 March 2021 - 09:49 PM

Mixed-ish S2 E7 (18:20 in)

 

The boys plan to point a telescope at a neighbor's window to view a female breast is thwarted when the dad wanders out and says scope needs to point more skyward to be useful. When he locates Cassiopeia and tells them of her beautiful "attributes" they jostle for a glimpse through the eyepiece.

 

 

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 09:27 PM

The Expanse - Series 1, episode 1 - House of Chrisjen Avasarala

 

As this is taking place in the 2300s, this is definitely a classic telescope!

 

 

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 09:54 AM

I was watching Joe Vs. The Volcano (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) last night with my grandson Orion, (one of my top 10 movies BTW), and as they were approached the island of Waponi-Woo whilst marooned on Joe’s (Tom Hanks) most excellent, water-tight luggage following the sinking of Patricia’s (Meg Ryan) yacht, the Tweedle-Dee, the Big Woo’s sentinel spied them through what looked like a most excellent brass telescope.


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