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Classic Telescopes in TV, Hollywood and Movies

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#1126 starman876

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Posted 23 June 2024 - 06:03 PM

Leave it to you Chas to come up with another undecipherable non sequitur! foreheadslap.gif lol.gif

your not playing fair Terra.  You need to use words thar we all know the meaning oflol.gif


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Posted 24 June 2024 - 12:35 AM

My older kids wanted to see the latest Mad Max "Furiosa" film.  The best moment for me was a scene with an array of telescopes used to spy on the horizon from a high citadel.  "This movie is not so bad, after all", I think.  And then a character is shown pointing the wrong end of what looks like a Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian at some distant plot devise...

Could have a thread entitled, "The misuse of telescopes in movies and TV."


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Posted 24 June 2024 - 10:41 AM

your not playing fair Terra.  You need to use words thar we all know the meaning oflol.gif

We all probably saw "The Changeling".  tongue2.gif


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Posted 29 June 2024 - 02:38 AM

Season 3, Professor T:  Definitely old, no idea what it is.

 

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Posted 29 June 2024 - 09:00 AM

Season 3, Professor T:  Definitely old, no idea what it is.

 

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I’ve never seen or even heard of that show but I just looked it up and I’m sure I would like it. Next to Sci Fi, detective mysteries are my favorite genre in film, tv, and literature. I really like the German series Babylon Berlin. Professor T sounds a lot like my beloved detective Adrian Monk! :love:


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Posted 29 June 2024 - 10:56 AM

I've been living in Germany for years, but I have heard of neither Babylon Berlin nor Professor T. Hmmm...

I have started watching Monk, though, now that I can stream it.

Edited by Paul Sweeney, 29 June 2024 - 10:57 AM.

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Posted 29 June 2024 - 02:39 PM

Season 3, Professor T:  Definitely old, no idea what it is.

 

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Telescope, probably a Bardou.

 

Profressor T. = good show! On PBS, We watch it.


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Posted 29 June 2024 - 07:57 PM

Season 3, Professor T:  Definitely old, no idea what it is.

 

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Never heard of it either but I thought that fella looked like Ben Miller...and it is! Might check it out! :)


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Posted 29 June 2024 - 07:57 PM

ps: the actor, not the scope..! :rofl: 



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Posted 29 June 2024 - 10:18 PM

I’ve never seen or even heard of that show but I just looked it up and I’m sure I would like it. Next to Sci Fi, detective mysteries are my favorite genre in film, tv, and literature. I really like the German series Babylon Berlin. Professor T sounds a lot like my beloved detective Adrian Monk! love.gif

He's similar, but not as over the top.


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Posted 30 June 2024 - 06:23 AM

I’ve never seen or even heard of that show but I just looked it up and I’m sure I would like it. Next to Sci Fi, detective mysteries are my favorite genre in film, tv, and literature. I really like the German series Babylon Berlin. Professor T sounds a lot like my beloved detective Adrian Monk! love.gif

I watched Babylon Berlin after reading Berlin Alexanderplatz. It is easy to see the inspiration behind the series...

 

Now, to keep things in the Classic Telescopes sphere, maybe they could find a way to fit the giant refractor in Treptower Park into the plot..


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 12:04 PM

I’ve never seen or even heard of that show but I just looked it up and I’m sure I would like it. Next to Sci Fi, detective mysteries are my favorite genre in film, tv, and literature. I really like the German series Babylon Berlin. Professor T sounds a lot like my beloved detective Adrian Monk! love.gif

You're limiting yourself! grin.gif

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 07:04 PM

Not exactly a classic telescope, but a classic observing site. In the new movie, "Janet Planet," (which is just the name of a main character), in a scene at the end, where she is having a picnic on a hill with a beautiful view, in the background there is a stone bench that was placed by Tom Whitney, in memory of his late wife.

 

Tom was the decades-long president of the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomer's Association (the 5-A's, for short), and was the person who opened the Amherst College 18" Clark every clear Saturday night for public observing, gave public planetarium shows for many years, and set up for solar observing on the town common, adjacent to the Saturday farmer's market. The hill is named Mt. Pollux (and yes, there  is a Mt. Castor to the south of it), and Tom's driveway was off of the access road to the parking lot (at the end of the scene, Janet is driving down it, and almost reaches that point before it cuts away). The bench is placed in one of his favorite observing spots. In its early years, the club would do Messier Marathons on Mt. Pollux.

 

I learned a few years ago that Tom was in a nursing home, closer to his son, and have not heard any news since. The last time I talked with him was the fall of 2019, when I made my annual call to ensure that he would leave the gate open, so I could take my class to the top to watch the sun set, earth's shadow rise, and see the first stars come out. He was always delighted to hear that a group was going to be observing up by the bench. 

 

The entire movie is shot in western Mass, and it was fun to see so many familiar places, and even a couple of familiar faces. 

 

Chip W. 


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 07:14 PM

Ursa Minor and Ursa Major looking back at us??  


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Posted 02 July 2024 - 09:22 AM

Not exactly a classic telescope, but a classic observing site. In the new movie, "Janet Planet,"

 

Chip W. 

"Oh, Brad!" "****, Janet" - oh, wait.. different movie smile.gif


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Posted 03 July 2024 - 01:19 AM

Not a movie, but I picked up this interesting IPA at my local Trader Joe's today. 
 

IPA

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