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Classic Telescopes in TV, Hollywood and Movies

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#526 stmarch

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 05:04 PM

On the popular British TV show Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis, the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford University is featured in several episodes throughout both series.

 

On Inspector Lewis; season 4, episode 2 in "Dark Matter", a body in found in the observatory and the original 24"/18" twin refractor is seen. The refractor was moved to the University of London Observatory in1938.

 

The series can be seen on Amazon prime.


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Posted 31 March 2021 - 06:11 PM

...recall the episode - son of an alchemist killed in a hit/run hunts down the people involved, committing "graphic" murders :lol:.....but trying to understand your comments about how the original 24"/18" twin refractor can be seen in Oxford when it was moved to London in 1938...?!? confused1.gif



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Posted 31 March 2021 - 06:42 PM

...perhaps I've confused the episodes grin.gif  - but still my question remains.



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Posted 31 March 2021 - 06:52 PM

The scene appears to have been done at the University of London Observatory where it is now.



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Posted 09 April 2021 - 03:37 PM

What this world needs are more musical number set in observatories.

 

https://youtu.be/FgMxLR_X1gU

 

The Ritz Brothers in On The Avenue (1937)

 

(observatory part starts 1:37 in)


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Posted 09 April 2021 - 03:45 PM

I love it! 

 

What this world needs are more musical number set in observatories.

 

https://youtu.be/FgMxLR_X1gU

 

The Ritz Brothers in On The Avenue (1937)

 

(observatory part starts 1:37 in)

I love it! Thanks for posting, This is probably the only big Hollywood production number ever set in an Observatory!

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 06:07 PM

Reminds me of this classic.

 

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 06:45 PM

I love it! 

 

I love it! Thanks for posting, This is probably the only big Hollywood production number ever set in an Observatory!

Hollywood just doesn't do them any more. Bollywood, on the other hand, still loves them. If they ever do a story that involves an observatory, don't be surprised to see one there, if only in the credits. The Griffith Park fantasy dance scene in Lala Land is perhaps the closest we'll get from Hollywood.

 

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 11:49 AM

Oh, and speaking of the Griffith, does Earth Girls Are Easy not count as having a big Hollywood production number set in an observatory?



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Posted 10 April 2021 - 12:04 PM

This may have been mentioned before, but the second episode of "Men Into Space" (1959) featured a landing on the moon. One of the crew was an astronomer and he brought what looks like a Cave 8" reflector. They set it up on the moon's surface to get a good look at Mars. The astronomer suffered an accident during their voyage and died and they left him on the moon next to his scope. They said that's the way he would have wanted it.

 

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=6a5_mXlBBV0

 

V/R

 

Terry


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Posted 25 April 2021 - 07:03 PM

This may have been mentioned before, but the second episode of "Men Into Space" (1959) featured a landing on the moon. One of the crew was an astronomer and he brought what looks like a Cave 8" reflector. They set it up on the moon's surface to get a good look at Mars. The astronomer suffered an accident during their voyage and died and they left him on the moon next to his scope. They said that's the way he would have wanted it.

 

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=6a5_mXlBBV0

 

V/R

 

Terry

I remember watching it.  I wonder what kind of eye relief the eyepiece had?



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Posted 29 April 2021 - 04:20 AM

That On the Avenue observatory set was probably influenced by the then newly installed Griffith 12" Zeiss.

Note the mount and counterweight design.

Griffith 12.jpg

 


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 08:55 PM

The telescope in the movie, "Nightfall", from a book by Isaac Asimov:

 

Nightfall telescope.jpg

 

 

 

 


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Posted Today, 02:07 AM

Orion Shortube 80 on The X-Files Season 11, ep. 5:

 

 

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