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#651 Tom Duncan

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 12:54 PM

There is a really cool observatory scene in the early part of the movie (on Netflix) called Don’t Look Up! It’s  about the discovery of a planet killing comet on a collision course with Earth, (not your typical Armageddon-style disaster film). If you’re looking for something different and an Astronomy-themed movie, I highly recommend it, It also has some amazing CG animation of the comet.

 

Favorite Quote: “I didn’t know Subaru made telescopes!” lol.gif

So is the large structure inside the dome that's supposed to be a telescope of some sort shown in the movie real? 

 

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 03:55 PM

Isn't there an actual telescope that looks like that in Hawaii and called the Subaru Telescope?  


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Posted 05 January 2022 - 03:56 PM

Yes. It’s it is real. It’s the Subaru Telescope. 


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Posted 05 January 2022 - 04:27 PM

Looks like a fun movie, but the ending . . .  we're going to watch it.


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Posted 05 January 2022 - 07:20 PM

Looks like a fun movie, but the ending . . .  we're going to watch it.

Be sure to watch all the way thru the credits. A couple of snippets are stuck in that you won’t want to miss.


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Posted 05 January 2022 - 09:10 PM

I watched Don’t Look Up, last night. Disturbing, very dark comedic movie, in terms of its mirror of existing in an anti-intellectual, ratings & social media intoxicated, superficial, bimbo-society. But I laughed out loud when someone said, “I didn’t know Subaru made telescopes!”

 

Yes, you must watch the movie until the very end, even after the credits. The Chief of Staff, even after miraculously surviving impact, spends his first emergent moments seeking a cell connection. Yikes!


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Posted 08 January 2022 - 06:46 PM

...a couple of scopes in the 2019  3-part British "War of the Worlds" with Robert Carlyle in his observatory using a nice-sized old refractor taking quick piks of Mars explosions/eruptions & (evidently) enjoying similar vistas with a 2.5"-3" refractor in the field later on in the show... wink.gif

 

Set in Edwardian England which was true to the original HG Wells story apparently.....but for my money after we saw the first episode a week ago & then "binged" on the last 2 last night it could have been better if it was compressed into a single hour & a half show.....then again, that appraisal probably fits more than half the stuff these days. (ignoring those that should be compressed into 5 minutes or less! grin.gif )


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 10:10 PM

In the movie” way way out”Jerry Lewis is getting ready to bash someone in space with a quester.



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 02:01 AM

In the movie” way way out”Jerry Lewis is getting ready to bash someone in space with a quester.

That someone was Anita Ekberg.

 

I believe it's been posted but here it is again:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=mcx9qfNbu64

 

This clip leads up to it

https://www.youtube....h?v=pgh5kHqTjh0

 

You got to love the Austin Powers style music.


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 03:35 AM

I watched an old movie tonight call Through Naked Eyes" starring David Soul and Pam Dawber. She works at an observatory in Chicago, and gives tours to kids of all the Old Telescopes and stuff. She also has a old brass refractor in her apartment she uses to spy on David Soul's character. He uses binoculars, to spy on her. Cut to the chase, - she even uses the telescope to knock the knife out of the Killers Hand at the end. Yea! score 1 for old refractors. wink.gif  


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 07:36 AM

I watched an old movie tonight call Through Naked Eyes" starring David Soul and Pam Dawber. She works at an observatory in Chicago, and gives tours to kids of all the Old Telescopes and stuff. She also has a old brass refractor in her apartment she uses to spy on David Soul's character. He uses binoculars, to spy on her. Cut to the chase, - she even uses the telescope to knock the knife out of the Killers Hand at the end. Yea! score 1 for old refractors. wink.gif  

A real knife-edge baffle!


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 07:50 AM

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Posted 15 January 2022 - 09:32 AM

Does the dent, in the tube, add to the patina?smile.gif


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 11:58 AM

Our weather is crap this weekend with snow forecast for tomorrow. I’m looking for some good movies to watch. I’ll add this one to the list. 

 

FYI: Tarantula is on Svengoolie tonight on MeTV at 8:00pm. No telescopes but it’s still an iconic Big-Bug ‘50s sci-fi flick! One of my favorites!


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 06:31 PM

Our weather is crap this weekend with snow forecast for tomorrow. I’m looking for some good movies to watch. I’ll add this one to the list. 

 

FYI: Tarantula is on Svengoolie tonight on MeTV at 8:00pm. No telescopes but it’s still an iconic Big-Bug ‘50s sci-fi flick! One of my favorites!

What's snow..? lol.gif

 

Sorry, I couldn't help that but it seems that even you folks over there with Summer temperatures like our own get snow in many places...

 

Of course I know what snow is & have experienced it in places here you'd never expect it.....reminding me of a farm clearing sale we went to in one of our drier districts many years ago - it started to drizzle light rain & a little boy about 4 exclaimed "what's that Mummy?" smile.gif


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 06:15 PM

I watched an old movie tonight call Through Naked Eyes" starring David Soul and Pam Dawber. She works at an observatory in Chicago, and gives tours to kids of all the Old Telescopes and stuff. She also has a old brass refractor in her apartment she uses to spy on David Soul's character. He uses binoculars, to spy on her. Cut to the chase, - she even uses the telescope to knock the knife out of the Killers Hand at the end. Yea! score 1 for old refractors. wink.gif  

Thanks for the heads up. I watched Through Naked Eyes late this afternoon. It was a good mystery and very suspense towards the end. I loved the scenes of the Adler Planetarium. I was there about ten years after the movie was made. I didn’t recognize Pam Dawber’s brass telescope. It looked like a 3” and it had a large eyepiece, looked like a 2”. She used it straight through and it was supposed to give a non-inverted correct image. It looked real however, not just a prop.


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 08:16 PM

Our weather is crap this weekend with snow forecast for tomorrow. I’m looking for some good movies to watch. I’ll add this one to the list. 

 

FYI: Tarantula is on Svengoolie tonight on MeTV at 8:00pm. No telescopes but it’s still an iconic Big-Bug ‘50s sci-fi flick! One of my favorites!

I liked Svengoolie on MeTV down here in Houston, but the took him off 3 or 4 months ago.  Those old scary movies are so cool.



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Posted 16 January 2022 - 09:10 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I watched Through Naked Eyes late this afternoon. It was a good mystery and very suspense towards the end. I loved the scenes of the Adler Planetarium. I was there about ten years after the movie was made. I didn’t recognize Pam Dawber’s brass telescope. It looked like a 3” and it had a large eyepiece, looked like a 2”. She used it straight through and it was supposed to give a non-inverted correct image. It looked real however, not just a prop.

Yeah, - I was going to mention she got a correct noninverted image straight thru, - which didn't fit. The scope I'm sure was real, but when they showed images thru it, I'm sure they were not taken thru the scope.  "Mindy meets Starsky", or Hutch" - not sure who was who.  Pretty Good!


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 02:43 AM

The whole film is on Youtube but the quality isn't very good.

When fast forwarding  it skips over some scenes making it difficult to find the few telescope scenes.

I did manage to find some and grab some images.

 

TNE-1.jpg

 

TNE-2.jpg

 

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The scenes with the telescope don't last very long 

TNE-4.jpg

The quality and length of the scenes make it nearly impossible to ID the scope.

TNE-6.jpg

This is near the end when the killer gets hit with the scope.


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 10:50 AM

I’m trying to remember this scope on the main floor of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The film was made in 1983 and I was there in 1998 or ‘99 as best I can remember and I don’t recollect it, (that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there, I just don’t remember it). Anyone know what it is and if it’s still there?

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Posted 17 January 2022 - 11:48 AM

I was watching Have Gun Will Travel last Saturday afternoon on MeTV. The episode was titled The Race (S5, e7), and at the very beginning Paladin was in his suite at the San Francisco Carleton Hotel and he was showing a lady friend the Pleiades through the window via a classic brass refractor. Unfortunately, by the time I had reached for my iPhone and turned on the camera app to snap a pic of my flat screen TV, the scene was over. I haven’t been able to locate this episode online so I will have to wait for it to rerun again to get a pic.

 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0597651/


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 11:55 AM

I was watching Have Gun Will Travel last Saturday afternoon on MeTV. The episode was titled The Race (S5, e7), and at the very beginning Paladin was in his suite at the San Francisco Carleton Hotel and he was showing a lady friend the Pleiades through the window via a classic brass refractor. Unfortunately, by the time I had reached for my iPhone and turned on the camera app to snap a pic of my flat screen TV, the scene was over. I haven’t been able to locate this episode online so I will have to wait for it to rerun again to get a pic.

 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0597651/

Terra, I remember that episode, I saw it about a year ago. Kind of shocking to see cowboys talk about astronomy. I remember several years ago on Wagon Train, Charley had to pretend to be an astronomer, and he went to an observatory somewhere in the wild plains out there. It had a big telescope in it, and the person working in the observatory knew that Charley was not an astronomer by the stupid answers he gave to some of the questions. Now that really was weird, seeing an observatory on Wagon Train.


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 12:16 PM

Terra, I remember that episode, I saw it about a year ago. Kind of shocking to see cowboys talk about astronomy. I remember several years ago on Wagon Train, Charley had to pretend to be an astronomer, and he went to an observatory somewhere in the wild plains out there. It had a big telescope in it, and the person working in the observatory knew that Charley was not an astronomer by the stupid answers he gave to some of the questions. Now that really was weird, seeing an observatory on Wagon Train.

I believe there is also a Rawhide episode where they go to a private observatory way off the beaten path. I also remember a Death Valley Days episode about Andrew Ellicott Douglass, the solar astronomer from the University of Arizona who was first scientists to use tree rings in the study in the study of ancient climatic fluctuations back in the early 1900s.


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:24 PM

From the Netflix movie/documentary "306 Hollywood", grandchildren are cleaning out the house of a passed-on grandmother and find this 'telescope'. Assuming it's real, that's one big objective, even taking into account the perspective/distance of the camera. There are several scenes showing it at various angles in the movie, including the chain driven altitude adjustment, starting around 1:10 in. 

 

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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:57 PM

From the Netflix movie/documentary "306 Hollywood", grandchildren are cleaning out the house of a passed-on grandmother and find this 'telescope'. Assuming it's real, that's one big objective, even taking into account the perspective/distance of the camera. There are several scenes showing it at various angles in the movie, including the chain driven altitude adjustment, starting around 1:10 in. 

 

Tom 

Sounds interesting. I’ll put it on my watch list.




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