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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 Yesterday, 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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Posted Yesterday, 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. 

 

Chip W. 




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