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#576 SnortEverything

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:14 PM

Not classic but a scene from a new Chinese romantic comedy/drama "You Are My Glory". Series has over a billion views and premiered last month. Apparently the scope is a Bosma 150/1800. In the scene, the protagonist states the scope is 203mm and asks for a higher powered eyepiece to view the moon through. Also whips out a green laser light to show his aerospace colleagues where Mercury is.

 

This scene and much of the episode is filmed near Dunhuang, close to where a new potential world class observatory site may be. See: https://www.nature.c...586-021-03711-z

 

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:22 PM

Put it here, because it is just a few minute before it comes on, and I know this is the most looked at thread, so maybe mod will leave it here for a few minutes. At 7:30, in a few minutes on antenna TV, Mr Wilson gets a 4 inch unitron on Dennis the Menace. Unitron is one of the best known classic scopes there is.


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:31 PM

I have heard of this episode although I have never seen it.
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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:32 PM

Can watch on youtube:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ShMPGdMxCmo


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:34 PM

Well well well, now I will get to see it.


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:34 PM

Can watch on youtube:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ShMPGdMxCmo

I was just posting that! grin.gif


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:44 PM

You might enjoy this webpage:

 

https://astronomer.p...n-dennis-menace


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:56 PM

Excellent!    Tom


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:59 PM

I grew up watching Jay North as Dennis the Menace , remember that scope & episode ... Thanks, a great share ...

You might enjoy this webpage:

 

https://astronomer.p...n-dennis-menace


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:12 PM

Release Date: 1st November 1959

 

I was 7 years old then. I missed that episode.

 

Thanks for the way back machine!! Enjoyed it.

 

It was a different time...

 

Thank You!


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:13 PM

We grewing up watching it too, but can hardly stand watching even that episode.

Now I'm more like Mr. Wilson and find Dennis's screechy voice and behavior annoying! shakecane.gif     


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:41 PM

What was funny as a youngster , seems mindless now , except for the Coyote & Roadrunner of course  , which still cracks me up ...  

We grewing up watching it too, but can hardly stand watching even that episode.

Now I'm more like Mr. Wilson and find Dennis's screechy voice and behavior annoying! shakecane.gif     

 


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:45 PM

WELL<WELL< I hope some of you got it on your Antenna station, our station here boo-hoodled us with the schedule, and they did not show it. I hope I did not cause any of you to watch when you had something else to do, sorry, but according to the episode schedule here, it was due to be shown.



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Posted 12 September 2021 - 09:46 AM

I checked with Antenna TV, and they said the episode would be shown this coming Saturday night at 7:00 pm. It is called, Innocents In Space.


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Posted 12 September 2021 - 08:23 PM

I never realized that the Unitron equatorial mount had an alt-az mode:  https://youtu.be/ShMPGdMxCmo?t=562


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Posted 14 September 2021 - 01:25 AM

In the Movie Eye of the Beholder there is a Celestron Firstscope 80 set up in front of large windows of a house. It shares the scene with a rather grizzly murder  



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Posted 14 September 2021 - 07:04 AM

Mary and I were watching an episode of Perry Mason(the original) the other night from around 1959/60. There was a witness called to the stand,an amateur astronomer(Mary was already grinning).About the nerdiest character you can visualize.He said he saw the suspect because while viewing the stars, he was distracted by a man standing (far away)by a streetlight and then viewed the guy with his telescope.Mary just said 'no no no' you guys avoid  lights like the plague and would never point a scope towards the light,let alone look that way.We always grin about the endless nuances of that show but the scope and light combo was too much for her.Regrettably,the scope was only referenced instead of shown.


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Posted 14 September 2021 - 03:05 PM

Mary and I were watching an episode of Perry Mason(the original) the other night from around 1959/60. There was a witness called to the stand,an amateur astronomer(Mary was already grinning).About the nerdiest character you can visualize.He said he saw the suspect because while viewing the stars, he was distracted by a man standing (far away)by a streetlight and then viewed the guy with his telescope.Mary just said 'no no no' you guys avoid  lights like the plague and would never point a scope towards the light,let alone look that way.We always grin about the endless nuances of that show but the scope and light combo was too much for her.Regrettably,the scope was only referenced instead of shown.

I love Perry, Paul, and Della and have my coffee with them every morning on MeTV.

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:52 PM

I figured the episode was from 1959 after seeing Mr. Wilson speaking with a neighbor, who was sitting in his 1959 Ford (Galaxie or Fairlane) sedan, getting ready to leave. TV shows back then featured people driving new cars, furnished by automakers in order to show off their latest models. I remember some Perry Mason episodes where he was driving a then-new 1958 to '60 model Ford T-Bird (the larger 4-seater, not the original '55-'57).

 

That model 152 4" Unitron may have costed almost as much as a new car back then!


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 08:21 AM

In this Denis the Menace episode (TouTube, frame # 6:42), the president of the optical company, Sandy Lumis, tells Mr. Wilson, "...You're jiggling the Frenavaulson; after all, this is not a spy glass!" (probably misspelled).

 

I think I may have heard that term once in the past, but the definition escapes me now. Does anyone know who Frenavaulson was and what exactly did he/she contribute to the development of this type of telescope?

 

Apparently, I haven't come close to the proper spelling; consequently, I haven't had any luck doing an internet search.


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 10:24 AM

In this Denis the Menace episode (TouTube, frame # 6:42), the president of the optical company, Sandy Lumis, tells Mr. Wilson, "...You're jiggling the Frenavaulson; after all, this is not a spy glass!" (probably misspelled).

 

I think I may have heard that term once in the past, but the definition escapes me now. Does anyone know who Frenavaulson was and what exactly did he/she contribute to the development of this type of telescope?

 

Apparently, I haven't come close to the proper spelling; consequently, I haven't had any luck doing an internet search.

Frenavaulson is the stage name for Unitron. It was the writer’s way of getting around a program endorsement.


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 01:00 PM

Frenavaulson is the stage name for Unitron. It was the writer’s way of getting around a program endorsement.

The Frenavaulson dealer could not be beat.  They would come to your home, set up the telescope and provide hours of training.  I miss the good old days!


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 01:51 PM

Frenavaulson is the stage name for Unitron. It was the writer’s way of getting around a program endorsement.

Super, thanks Terra, and thanks John.


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 02:12 PM

The Frenavaulson dealer could not be beat.  They would come to your home, set up the telescope and provide hours of training.  I miss the good old days!

Not the exactly the same; however I've had a similar experience like this once. The gentleman who sold me his Meade Research Grade 880 8" f/6 telescope drove the telescope along with its all its many accessories all the way from Philadelphia, PA to Ohio. He had been planning on driving to his home town in Michigan to visit his father and was able to combine the trip. He brought the dissembled telescope telescope into my house, set it up and showed me how to operate everything.

 

It would be nice if a dealer provided this service from the higher end telescope manufactures or importers. I miss the good old days too.


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 04:17 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

Terra, thank you so much for pointing out this epic movie that I hadn´t seen before. The filmmaker Anton Kutter not only produced "Weltraumschiff 1" but also had a keen interest in astronomy. When he was 12 years old he built his first refracting scope from eyeglasses. During college in the 1920´s he worked as an assistant at the Stuttgart public observatory, inventing the Schiefspiegler, a folded mirror scope based on the Brachy type. In 1952 his telescope design was presented in the US and Sky and Telescope ran an article in the December 1958 issue. In 1965 the Kosmos-Verlag in Stuttgart introduced a 4.5 inch Schiefspiegler based on the Kutter design. I remember dreaming of that Schiefspiegler but couldn´t afford it. Kutter also built his own private observatory housing a 12 inch Schiefspiegler. He was 82 years old when he died of prolonged illness in 1985.

 

 

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The Babelsberg telescope at the time the movie was made in 1930


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