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#1 MarkGregory

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:59 PM

Attached is a photo I shot of the Tv show "Project Blue Book." In this scene, the star Scientist just set up a telescope for his son so he could view the Moon and Mars. In the photo his son is looking through the scope for the first time. I noticed a few things in the photo that popped out to me immediately. I will give you my observations after you have time to post yours. good luck. Mark

 

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:07 PM

Only have 4 seconds left until the end of the world.

Equipment wise, all looks good. Well to, I would say, about 30% of the population. Which is after all a significant proportion.

 

She appears to be wearing a coat indoors.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:16 PM

The wrong end of the telescope is up, and the kid must be looking at her shoes.  

 

You see this all the time in ads. They don't know which end of a non refractor telescope should be up. 


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:19 PM

If he would put his eye close enough to actually see through the eyepiece, the view would be pretty dark since the scope is actually looking at his coat.  It's a reflector, pointing backwards.  And the tube would be way out of balance.

 

My first telescope was a 2.5" f/10 reflector on a similar ball-and- socket mount.  Very difficult to find objects, but that didn't stop me.


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:21 PM

It appears there is a light shining directly on the scope, at least if that were the right end.


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:22 PM

Hilarious.

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:25 PM

A classic mistake, you see it many times in the classifieds by people you assume know a bit about scopes, makes you wonder !


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM

He is a Buddhist, focusing on his chakralol.gif


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:41 PM

I got a 1964 Edmund Palomar Jr from a lady who had it set up like this when I arrived. She didn't think it worked. $20


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:54 PM

I seem to recall commenting on this last season.  Scientific and military picture producers hate spending money on technical advisors.


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:00 PM

I seem to recall commenting on this last season.  Scientific and military picture producers hate spending money on technical advisors.

And when they do, they don't listen. 

 

But I guess light pollution shows us, we are the 0.001% who care or even notice. 



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:00 PM

Any astronomer worth his salt knows that telescopes are orange, not white!    Tom

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:21 PM

Attached is a photo I shot of the Tv show "Project Blue Book." In this scene, the star Scientist just set up a telescope for his son so he could view the Moon and Mars. In the photo his son is looking through the scope for the first time. I noticed a few things in the photo that popped out to me immediately. I will give you my observations after you have time to post yours. good luck. Mark

The scope is upside down! I have seen a few of these scopes in movies, TV where their is no eyepiece in the scope, missing finder scopes and other silly things.


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#14 MarkGregory

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:33 PM

Wow, you guys are great. So far so good. Keep the responses coming.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:35 PM

  I notice, but don't care. If someone tries viewing through a backward telescope it should only take a second to figure it out.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 02:46 PM

Nothing amiss there. The kid obviously knows his dad is dumb and is preparing to catch the descending primary mirror to check it is secured correctly...

Mom is looking on proudly at her smart son.


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 03:05 PM

They seem to be unaware that all those lights they have going are not to their advantage.,The overhead one is shinning right on the kids face.,lol.,


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 03:52 PM

I don't know about everyone else, but I, too, like to grab both sides of the OTA when viewing. Helps keep it steady, ya know...



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 03:54 PM

On the plus side he might have found some faint fuzzies on his coat...just not the kind we enjoy.


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:12 PM

From broad experience it looks like a pretty rare scope, maybe the forerunner of the reflector telescope, a pure accident ?


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:27 PM

For the umpteenth time in the movies and television, a Newtonian reflector is shown pointed towards the ground.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:29 PM

It appears there is a light shining directly on the scope, at least if that were the right end.

A light? It looks like a flying saucer sending down a transport beam to me.  After all, it's Project Blue Book, right? wink.gif


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 05:26 PM

All those who responded got it all wrong. It's an old style microscope and Dr. Hynek's son wants to look at some ants. Unfortunately, the "microscope" is also seriously undermounted. Everyone is smiling even though they could all be vapourised at any time by the start of WW3.

They are also blissfully unaware that KGB spies live a few houses over. Also, by the way the kid is looking through the eyepiece it is obviously one of those tri-schiefschpiegler microscopes where the eyepiece must be mount on an angle to compensate for the built-in optical errors inherrent in the tri-schiefschpiegler microscopes.

 

The son will soon find out from microscopic observation that these are a "mutant" form of fireant that will soon plague the entire town. Luckily, the Aliens that have been living on Earth for quite some time, will come to the rescue of the happless Earthlings and save them from those pesky muto-fireants.

 

Other than that, everything is all hunky-dunky!

Glad to help. Well, my work here is done....(sound of transporter beaming me away)...


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 08:09 AM

Hey!!! There’s a UFO!!

 

Wait.... nope. It’s just a shoe being thrown at the TV. 


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 12:34 PM

Navel gazing.


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