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Classic Telescopes in TV, Hollywood and Movies

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#776 ccwemyss

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 06:37 PM

The focuser knobs look like old soda/pop bottle caps. I suspect they were only thinking about how cheaply they could make something that will pass for a telescope. It wouldn’t surprise me if the “diagonal” is just a block of wood. 
 

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 07:59 PM

Here is an interesting setup of a telescope.  Clearly they had technical help for this setup. NOT! This was a quick scene shown in a Youtube story about Oregon's Great Meteorite Mystery.  It is listed as being from the movie "It came from outer space". 

Good grief! - I must've seen it a couple of years after its release & parts of it scared the living **** out of me...I recall a big eye-shaped entity in a cave at some stage but also early on a linesman up a pole hearing this strange sound in the wires on a lonely stretch of road - that really got me going! (Glen Campbell - out of Wichita? - but more likely Arizona or New Mexico rofl2.gif )

 

Many, many years later in hindsight I'd probably think the whole show was uber-ridiculous...like the piks of the scope - but then again at 6 or 7, imaginations run wild! lol.gif


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Posted 28 June 2022 - 08:50 PM

Silent Running was on the Lobotomy Box a month or so ago. There's a scene with Bruce Dern in one of the domes with a tricolor C-8. Wonder if it was Tinky?

Equatorially mounted on a spaceship!


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 01:06 AM

Here is an interesting setup of a telescope.  Clearly they had technical help for this setup. NOT! This was a quick scene shown in a Youtube story about Oregon's Great Meteorite Mystery.  It is listed as being from the movie "It came from outer space". 

That film and scope has come up a few times. 

 

Here's one of the posts with a photo:

 

https://www.cloudyni...0#entry10836758

 

The same scope was used in "The Lady in Question" 

 

https://www.cloudyni...vies/?p=9756445

 

Alfred Hitchcock also used it for one of his gag segments 

 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 12:54 PM

Good grief! - I must've seen it a couple of years after its release & parts of it scared the living **** out of me...I recall a big eye-shaped entity in a cave at some stage but also early on a linesman up a pole hearing this strange sound in the wires on a lonely stretch of road - that really got me going! (Glen Campbell - out of Wichita? - but more likely Arizona or New Mexico rofl2.gif )

 

Many, many years later in hindsight I'd probably think the whole show was uber-ridiculous...like the piks of the scope - but then again at 6 or 7, imaginations run wild! lol.gif

Only 3 movies have ever genuinely scared me - one of a total cheese fest from late 50s-early 60s Japan, "The MANSTER" about a dude who grows a new head. Scared the absolute peas out of me as a kid! (The others were "Poltergeist" - great date movie, my date was all over me! :) - and "Jacob's Ladder", which was actually scary to a full-grown me.)

 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 08:29 PM

ALIEN scared me pretty good, to this day I have trouble looking inside a open pumpkin to light

the candle.

 

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Posted 09 July 2022 - 03:53 PM

No classic telescopes that I remember but here’s your head’s up, one of my favorite big bug movies is on Svengoolie tonight at 8pm on MeTV. It’s The Deadly Mantis (1957) by Universal-International with a screenplay based on a story by the film’s producer William Alland and staring Craig Stevens (Peter Gunn) and William Hopper (Paul Drake from Perry Mason).

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Posted 12 July 2022 - 07:59 AM

Thanks Terra! The Deadly Mantis is a great movie. Hopefully Svengoolie will be following it up with Them! and Tarantula so we can enjoy watching and looking for classic scopes in those movies, too.


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Posted 12 July 2022 - 09:23 AM

Terra, I missed that one. I last night was watching "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" that I had recorded earlier. No telescopes, but good for a cloudy night.


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Posted 12 July 2022 - 09:57 AM

Terra, I missed that one. I last night was watching "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" that I had recorded earlier. No telescopes, but good for a cloudy night.

I love that one! Kind of a classic version of Independence Day.


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Posted 12 July 2022 - 02:45 PM

I love that one! Kind of a classic version of Independence Day.

Me too! I saw a French version - "Les Soucoupes Volantes Attaquent!" Soucoupes volantes - OVNI - "objet volante non indentifiee"! Somehow French UFOs seem more fun :)

 

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Posted 16 July 2022 - 02:33 PM

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/

It's been a while since you mentioned it but here you go:

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Posted 16 July 2022 - 04:30 PM

It's been a while since you mentioned it but here you go:

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Posted 17 July 2022 - 03:46 PM

From the opening in the Showa-era Godzilla thriller, "Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster".

 

Any guesses as to the glass on display???

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Posted 18 July 2022 - 08:12 AM

From the opening in the Showa-era Godzilla thriller, "Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster".

 

Any guesses as to the glass on display???

No guesses but several members of the forum just got all warm and tingly at the sight of so much pristine vintage Japanese optical goodness.


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Posted 18 July 2022 - 08:20 AM

No guesses but several members of the forum just got all warm and tingly at the sight of so much pristine vintage Japanese optical goodness.

UFO - Unidentified Focuser

 

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Posted 18 July 2022 - 11:46 AM

How'd you like those Bins, and that mount/tripod combo? There were two more set up to the left of the one in the 1st picture; the one with an observer using it. Sweet stuff!!!


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Posted 18 July 2022 - 04:18 PM

From the opening in the Showa-era Godzilla thriller, "Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster".

 

Any guesses as to the glass on display???

The binos in the top photo could be a version of the Nikko 20x120 Japanese WWII battleship bino.  This one pictured below appears slightly different but the fork mount looks very similar.

 

https://oberwerk.com...ular-fans-only/

 

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Posted 18 July 2022 - 04:56 PM

I love those massive binos!

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Posted 18 July 2022 - 07:31 PM

Saw a large (4 inch) brass telescope in (I believe, I only caught a few seconds of it) "Support Your Local Gunfighter" a James Garner movie.  The scope was in impeccable condition and definitely real.

Couldn't do a grab of it though.


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Posted 19 July 2022 - 07:18 AM

I love those massive binos!

But oh that aching back...

 

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Posted 19 July 2022 - 07:58 AM

But oh that aching back...

 

Tom

But that’s what wheeley bars are made for. Just keep that big sucker all set up and the wheel it outside. But yes, stooping over and craning one’s neck wouldn’t work for either high objects or extended views. Not for me anyway!


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 05:24 AM

From the David Bowie video for "Jump They Say":
 
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I quite fancy an observing hat like one of those!


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 07:52 AM

Love that!!!



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:21 PM

Me too!  I'd like to see the whole video.

 

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