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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

 

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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

 

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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.

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 08:55 PM

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

 

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 02:07 AM

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

 

 

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:36 PM

Finally got around to posting this.

 

About 4 weeks ago I had the TV on Alfred Hitchcock Presents but wasn't actively watching.

While walking by the TV I noticed this

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This scene of the actors talking at the telescope goes on for several minutes.

Long enough for me to grab my camera.

It's from a episode titled The Crystal Trench, You can watch the complete episode here:

https://www.dailymot...m/video/x59aoxg

 

The telescope scene is near the beginning but it's probably worth watching the whole episode.

 

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Interesting pedestal/tripod mount. Perhaps a antique expert can ID it.

 

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Oscar Beregi is only in the telescope scene and it's a uncredited role.

I'm sure many of you recognize him from roles in the Twillight Zone, Hogan's Heros, etc.

Usually cast as aurthoritarian or bad guy 

 

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This might help ID it.

 

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Art from the original short story.

The episode follows the story fairly close but makes some switching of the character's names and greatly extends the time that passes for the glacier to melt.


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Posted 12 May 2021 - 04:04 PM

By the look of the mount I had a strong feeling the telescope in the last post is a Bardou and it indeed is.

 

Bardou Mount.jpg

 


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Posted 12 May 2021 - 05:42 PM

By the look of the mount I had a strong feeling the telescope in the last post is a Bardou and it indeed is.

 

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That was my thought as well on seeing your screen grabs of the scope.


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Posted 17 May 2021 - 04:53 AM

...left this on last night even though I was busy getting ready to go bush today (we've gone bush now! lol.gif ) & caught a small reflector on the edge of one scene, perhaps a 4" or so Newt on an alt/az mount, but never saw it very clearly.

 

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 03:23 PM

+1 on Bardou.  We have one at our club that looks exactly the same.



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Posted 20 May 2021 - 04:42 PM

I seem to remember Wilson using a Celestron Firstscope 80?? in a couple of episodes of Tool Time.


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Posted 20 May 2021 - 05:25 PM

Early sci-fi took lots of liberties with

 

Early sci-fi took a lot of liberties with stuff like that.  I think about the stead one g acceleration rockets in Angry Red Planet.  Don't know exactly how long the flight took, but the on board clock had almost two months when they last showed it.  Now starting with an assumed escape velocity of 25,000 mph, you can see with simple physics how theoretically fast the ship would be moving.  Sorry if I drifted a bit from original topic.  No classic telescopes in this one, but I think I remember a microscope and a Hasselblad camera.

I think one of my favorite 50's space scifis is Forbidden Planet when they talk to Morpheus and get the landing coordinates to land on Altair 4 they write them on a piece of paper. Mind you this is a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light.


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 10:20 AM

I think one of my favorite 50's space scifis is Forbidden Planet when they talk to Morpheus and get the landing coordinates to land on Altair 4 they write them on a piece of paper. Mind you this is a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light.

Absolutely amazing sound effects for the Krell also!


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:02 PM

Indeed plus the monster that you only see outlined in the energy beams they try to fight it with is truly scary. Far more so than the rubbery looking monsters of most scfis of the day.


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:04 PM

I just remembered they call the sound affects "tonalities" in the credits I think.


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 02:38 PM

Indeed plus the monster that you only see outlined in the energy beams they try to fight it with is truly scary. Far more so than the rubbery looking monsters of most scfis of the day.

My parents took us to see it in I'd guess about 1961 for what must have been a re-release. Me being around 5 or 6 years old the movie seemed a bit slow and long, but the monster left quite an impression. When I rewatch that scene now, and hear it roaring/screaming, I can see why.


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