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#601 Piggyback

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 04:21 PM

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Babelsberg Sternwarte at their 100 year anniversary in 2015. Sadly, it isn´t open for the public.


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 04:41 PM

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Screenshot of the Babelsberg telescope from the movie Weltraumschiff 1

 


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 05:44 PM

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

You’re most welcome Stefan. I can’t take credit for finding the old film however, the link was sent to me in a PM by another CN member who is also a lover of classic science fiction films. Prior to that, I had no known of that particular film. And thank you for filling in the fascinating details about the film’s maker. What an amazing coincidence. Who would have ever expected that he was the inventor of the Schiefspiegler telescope design. That is really cool!


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 06:54 PM

I just watched this episode of Dennis the Menace and although the Unitron was absolutely gorgeous, what really struck me was the picture of the sun. When was the last time anyone saw that many sunspots?

 

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 06:56 PM

the episode will be aired this coming Saturday at 7:00 on Antenna TV, last week it was schedule error.



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Posted 15 September 2021 - 10:59 PM

I've enjoyed seeing it (has been many years since I saw it last). 

 

May sound silly, but I was sad to see Mr. Wilson wanting to get rid of that beautiful Unitron after his "observing error"...hope he reconsidered "off camera"!  Can't afford to lose an experienced amateur astronomer!

 

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 03:10 AM

the episode will be aired this coming Saturday at 7:00 on Antenna TV, last week it was schedule error.

Why bother waiting for Satuday? As mentioned in post#3 you can watch it anytime on Youtube.


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Posted 16 September 2021 - 05:24 AM

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

A lot of the cartoons by WB were made as fillers while movie theaters changed film reels. A lot of them were intended for adults too. I remember one that was about the Nights of the Round Table. All the knights had name signs in front of them at the table. One was named "Sir Osis of Liver." Certainly not intended for a kid to find funny:)


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Posted 16 September 2021 - 05:33 PM

I just watched this episode of Dennis the Menace and although the Unitron was absolutely gorgeous, what really struck me was the picture of the sun. When was the last time anyone saw that many sunspots?

 

Bill

I have a feeling that Mr. Wilson’s view of those magnificent sunspots was supplied from stock observatory photos from the Great Sunspot Maximum of 1946-47. Those sunspots were amazing.

 

https://www.robkalme...ge13/index.html
 

In fact, the timing of the the International Geophysical Year (1958) was set to coincide with the next maximum which they had hoped would be even more spectacular but turned out to be just a tad less than 1947.

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 07:59 PM

This episode actually will air tomorrow night on antenna TV at 7:00 EST, for real this time.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 03:32 AM

Why bother waiting for Satuday? As mentioned in post#3 you can watch it anytime on Youtube.

 

Yep, no need to wait on TV schedules. I posted this back in post #63, on 13 February 2019, but here it is again. (Free to view. No registration required.)

 

 

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Dennis The Menace: S1 E5 - Innocents In Space

CBS | Air Date: November 1, 1959

https://www.shoutfac...9702d27d3f82300

 

 

It's also available on Dailymotion. 

 

https://www.dailymot...m/video/x756tbc

 

 

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Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 10:18 AM

You can see from the shadows that the scope isn't pointed directly at the sun (the finder would also be burning a spot on the observer's forehead if it was). But kudos to the production designer for matching the angle of the scope to the angle of the background shadow so that it's not obvious.

 

It also appears that the scope has a shallow cover on the end of the dew shield. It is pointed close enough to the sun that they probably didn't want to take any chances of having it accidentally harm the actors. Unitron used an eyepiece solar filter that went over the exit of the eyepiece, which doesn't seem to be there.

 

Having the RA axis pointed toward the sun is probably an aesthetic choice, so that the eyepiece can be lower, keeping the foreground actor from blocking Mr. Wilson. It also puts the mechanics in the background so that the telescope tube stands out more. 

 

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 12:25 PM

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's OTHER telescope!

 

Yesterday I watched an episode called "The Inner Light" from Season 5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, on Netflix. Captain Picard's consciousness is captured by a space probe and sent back 1000-odd years to a planet with a civilization on the verge of launching their first rockets. There, Picard lives out his full lifespan, including marriage, children and grandchildren while only half an hour elapse on the Enterprise. The civilization knows they will not achieve sufficiently advanced space flight to save themselves from their star's predicted nova, so they have brought Picard back to help them preserve a record of their culture. This becomes self-fulfilling as it is his knowledge that enables them to build the probe that brought him back to them in the first place.

 

Anyway, in one scene Picard is observing the heavens through what appears to be an ATM- built wooden Dobsonian scope with an octagonal tube:
 

picard dobsonian

 

The vanes over the open end appear to be a decoration added for the show, but it is possible they are designed to fold in and serve as a dust cap.  Otherwise it is hard to tell if is is an actual telescope or just a prop modelled after a real ATM Dobsonian.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:34 PM

 

 This becomes self-fulfilling as it is his knowledge that enables them to build the probe that brought him back to them in the first place.

While at first it sounds like a somewhat interesting story line, it appears to be illogical.

 

How could the civilization develop a probe to get him in the first place if the development of the probe requires his knowledge?

 

Anyway, it's an interesting choice of a telescope. Maybe they thought it looked like a better fit for a more primative society. Did they give any hint that he might have built it?



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 03:35 PM

If you watch it, it will be more clear than explained. smile.gif


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Posted 29 September 2021 - 01:27 PM

The Mechanic with Charles Bronson spotted a Questar. The soap opera Dallas had an early Celestron C8 on the front porch of the South Fork ranch. In Dumb & Dumber the Swanson estate also featured an older C8 at the window. Saturday Night Lives skit The Continental featured Christopher Walken trying to spy on women with a huge Parks or Meade 12 inch Research Grade Newtonian pointed out his apartment window.
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Posted 29 September 2021 - 07:01 PM

Yep, no need to wait on TV schedules. I posted this back in post #63, on 13 February 2019, but here it is again. (Free to view. No registration required.)

 

 

logo-new-ee14b0a629f2a23500bd88f93e46556

 

Dennis The Menace: S1 E5 - Innocents In Space

CBS | Air Date: November 1, 1959

https://www.shoutfac...9702d27d3f82300

 

 

It's also available on Dailymotion. 

 

https://www.dailymot...m/video/x756tbc

 

 

attachicon.gifMr-Wilson-telescope.jpg

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

My around 1955 M-160 had a black rim at the end of the dew cap like seen on this scope. Look at the SLO- MO rods, all metal so that is a very old scope from around 1956.  If the counter weight shaft is smooth then it could be a 1955 like mine was.



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Posted 30 September 2021 - 12:04 PM

The slow motion and lock rods the declination housing of my circa 1958 model 152 were all metal. The R.A. Slow motion was a flex cable but it was a later add-on.

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Posted 30 September 2021 - 12:52 PM

Last week I think on YES  there was a show on Derek Jeter's 3000th hit. He was interviewed recently for it and you can see him relaxed talking about the march up to 3000 and that magical day

 

Every time the camera cut to Derek to his right was a refractor  what seemed to me to look like a Meade 395?  White    aluminum tripod  


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Posted 30 September 2021 - 07:01 PM

The slow motion and lock rods the declination housing of my circa 1958 model 152 were all metal. The R.A. Slow motion was a flex cable but it was a later add-on.

They changed around 1957. 


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Posted 30 September 2021 - 07:48 PM

My around 1955 M-160 had a black rim at the end of the dew cap like seen on this scope. Look at the SLO- MO rods, all metal so that is a very old scope from around 1956.  If the counter weight shaft is smooth then it could be a 1955 like mine was.

When did the wooden eyepiece tray come along? As I recall, the earliest ones didn't have a tray. 

 

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Posted 07 October 2021 - 07:49 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.

If it's cloudy and you have nothing better to do? It came from Outer Space is streaming on Peacock. The scene with the couple and the scope is in the first few minutes of the movie.


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Posted 07 October 2021 - 09:21 PM

I watched the very 1st episode of 'Seinfeld'  the other day, and the Apt. was different and there was a refractor in the alcove maybe 60mm or 80mm on a wooden tripod, next to a poster of George Burns. I never saw that before.  


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Posted 07 October 2021 - 10:19 PM

My first thought was The Mechanic. But that’s probably been mentioned a couple of times in 25 pages.

 

Think I saw an 8SE and a small achromat in Big Bang Theory. 



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Posted 08 October 2021 - 07:06 AM

I watched the very 1st episode of 'Seinfeld'  the other day, and the Apt. was different and there was a refractor in the alcove maybe 60mm or 80mm on a wooden tripod, next to a poster of George Burns. I never saw that before.  

I noticed that recently as well. It looked like a 60mm to me. Generic Bushnell alt-az IIRC.


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