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#551 Thomas Marshall

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Posted 23 May 2021 - 12:42 AM

Saw a movie today called "Street Crimes" starring Dennis Farrino. He and his Blind Daughter had a small refractor on a wooden tripod on their patio. His partner comments on the scope, and he tells him, - Oh Yeah, - it's great, - When the moon is full, you can see forever". Then they go take a peak thru it. 


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Posted 08 June 2021 - 09:24 PM

Bollywood.

 

I came across this image while curious searching about telescopes in movies.

The movie is called Mili, a 1975 Indian romantic drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

 

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What's surprising though-the prop. Such an unusual choice, especially considering it was filmed in Bombay!


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Posted 08 June 2021 - 10:01 PM

Bollywood.

 

I came across this image while curious searching about telescopes in movies.

The movie is called Mili, a 1975 Indian romantic drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

 

 

 

What's surprising though-the prop. Such an unusual choice, especially considering it was filmed in Bombay!

A Bombay Zeiss Telementor! I smell sauerbraten! :lol:


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Posted 09 June 2021 - 12:40 AM

Kind of makes you wonder what he's looking at, in the middle of a well illuminated room.
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Posted 17 June 2021 - 07:36 PM

Here are a few screen grabs from WELTRAUM SCHIFFI STARTET EINE TECHNISCHE FANTASIE (SPACE SHIP TAKEOFF, A TECHNICAL FANTASY), German, 1937.

 

https://youtu.be/OJSDt89qRB8

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 07:38 PM

A few more from same film (above):

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Posted 20 June 2021 - 03:32 PM

That is a cool little film, Terra! Where on earth did you find it? Were you able to understand any of it?

Apparently the original Portaball/Astroscan ball design comes from the telescope on Mt Killamonjaro. That's the one in the above photos that looks like a cannon sticking out of a dome.

Nice find!
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Posted 20 June 2021 - 03:35 PM

That is a cool little film, Terra! Where on earth did you find it? Were you able to understand any of it?

Apparently the original Portaball/Astroscan ball design comes from the telescope on Mt Killamonjaro. That's the one in the above photos that looks like a cannon sticking out of a dome.

Nice find!

I was unaware of the film until a fellow CNer told me about it in a PM. I could understand a bit, not a lot. 



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Posted 21 June 2021 - 09:22 AM

I love it! 

 

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 17 July 2021 - 07:54 PM

"Castle"  S-3, ep.9.  The "Plainsboro observatory."  Fictional name, real scope, about 24 inches I'd say.  I'd like to know who made the big refractors attached.

 

 

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Posted 08 August 2021 - 09:24 PM

A more modern example from Bo Burnham's Netflix comedy special, Bo Burnham: Inside (2021). I apologize for the horrible quality of my cellphone picture of a screen, but Windows 10 DRM protection makes screenshotting this stuff a huge PITA.

 

Just underneath the window at 36:00 minutes in, there seems to be a Meade SCT (8"?) on a dual-fork mount.

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 12:36 PM

There was a scope on stage at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. I did not get a screen shot of it but hope someone else saw the scope being used by a young man. 


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Posted 10 August 2021 - 06:36 PM

There was a scope on stage at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. I did not get a screen shot of it but hope someone else saw the scope being used by a young man. 

A classic scope nonetheless?



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Posted 12 August 2021 - 01:49 AM

If it's permissable to bend the rules a tad, and include a 400mm f/5.6 prime focus camera lens being used as a telescope, then we can't forget Hitchcock's "Rear Window."

(I believe the movie was about a giant invisible rabbit loose somewhere in Washington -- not sure.)

No that rabbit was "Harvey" Rear window was about watching a neighbor murder his wife.

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Posted 12 August 2021 - 12:07 PM

Might not be a Classic Scope in the movies, - but this morning they gave away a nice Celestron 8" Evo. w/WiFi on the "Price is Right".  


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Posted 15 August 2021 - 11:48 AM

Battle in Outer Space was a 1959 Japanese film, released in 1960 in the US. I first saw it then, when I was seven years old. I loved it, and the FX were really good for the time. I fired up the DVD last night.

 

There was a brief scene showing three equatorially mounted refractors. Could these have been Unitrons?

 

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 01:02 PM

They don't look like Unitrons.


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Posted 15 August 2021 - 04:14 PM

They don't look like Unitrons.

Not to me either. The one on the left looks like maybe a 3” or 4” RAO scope?


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Posted 15 August 2021 - 05:11 PM

None of them have a Unitron like tube clamp. Like Terra said the one on the left is possibly a RAO and looks like it has two finders and might have a pedestal mount. The one in the middle has a gray mount so...


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 03:49 AM

Very good Norwegian Swedish-Danish thriller called Black Lucia has a white tube  index reflex finder refractor like I have. My Towa!


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 06:47 AM

Very good Norwegian thriller called Black Lucia has a white tube index finder refractor like I have. My Towa!

I saw a Swedish film with that name (Svart Lucia - in the ethos of Black Christmas, Sankta Lucia is on or about Dec. 13th.) in Stockholm back in the early 1990s.. don't remember the telescope though.


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 02:37 PM

Saw the movie Heartbreakers (2001) about a week or so ago.

Jason Lee sets up a telescope and shares what he's up to with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The scope appears to be a Celestron 102-HD which I believe was a 1999 Synta model.

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In this grab you can barely see the orange Celestron decal on the upper tube and only the tops of the aluminum legs

I guess they thought the finder would be in the way and a 45° diagonal would look better to peer into.

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Are these SP clone mounts good for anything?

 

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They show this funny recreation of the Crab Nebula

 

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and a somewhat better recreation of the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules 

 

There's a clip of the scene on Youtube 

The telescope stuff starts at 1:43 and there's a some amusing dialogue about why he does it.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=b-Y2VQama7Q


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 03:20 PM

I saw a Swedish film with that name (Svart Lucia - in the ethos of Black Christmas, Sankta Lucia is on or about Dec. 13th.) in Stockholm back in the early 1990s.. don't remember the telescope though.

The release date sounds the same...Have to check out Svart Lucia. Not familiar with Black Christmas. Turns out that is the same movie and I am a dummy.


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 08:39 PM

Saw the movie Heartbreakers (2001) about a week or so ago.

Jason Lee sets up a telescope and shares what he's up to with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The scope appears to be a Celestron 102-HD which I believe was a 1999 Synta model.

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In this grab you can barely see the orange Celestron decal on the upper tube and only the tops of the aluminum legs

I guess they thought the finder would be in the way and a 45° diagonal would look better to peer into.

attachicon.gifHB-3.jpg

Are these SP clone mounts good for anything?

 

attachicon.gifHB-5.jpg

They show this funny recreation of the Crab Nebula

 

attachicon.gifHB-4.jpg

and a somewhat better recreation of the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules 

 

There's a clip of the scene on Youtube 

The telescope stuff starts at 1:43 and there's a some amusing dialogue about why he does it.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=b-Y2VQama7Q

I've shown a lot of people a lot of things through my scopes. Never had anyone kiss me.


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 10:12 PM

The release date sounds the same...Have to check out Svart Lucia. Not familiar with Black Christmas. Turns out that is the same movie and I am a dummy.

"Black Christmas" is a 1974 Canadian movie (the original, better one) and is a story about girls killed and or terrified at an exclusive girls school.  Much better than it sounds.  Avoid the garbage 2006 remake.

 

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