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Owen Phairis
post Dec 9 2007, 01:34 PM
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QUOTE(Ron Walker @ Dec 9 2007, 11:02 AM) *
I think I do remember it. Wasn't "Robbie the Robot" on kind of a pedestal in the center of a room when the boy first found him. It was so long ago that I've totally forgotten the plot. Or perhaps the plot was so bad that it was forgettable. (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

Robbie's first film was the best one he was ever in and still holds up beautifully today.

Is the other robot the "Lost In Space" one or did they use Robbie as well?

I love the Zeiss paper weight. Where did you find that?


Well.. actually the robot was in pieces, the inventor had since died and no one was able to tinker him together till the boy arrived. Not a great movie, however, it sort of reminded me of us tinkering planetarium projectors together.....

Yes, the other robot was indeed from "Lost in Space" and was actually designed by the same guy who designed Robbie, a designer by the name of: Robert Kinoshita.

I have had the Zeiss paperweight for a long, long time. I think it came from an antique store.

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Here is another Zeiss paperweight, notice the twin towers in the NY skyline.
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Ron Walker
post Dec 9 2007, 02:21 PM
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QUOTE(Owen Phairis @ Dec 9 2007, 12:34 PM) *
Well.. actually the robot was in pieces, the inventor had since died and no one was able to tinker him together till the boy arrived. Not a great movie, however, it sort of reminded me of us tinkering planetarium projectors together.....

Yes, the other robot was indeed from "Lost in Space" and was actually designed by the same guy who designed Robbie, a designer by the name of: Robert Kinoshita.

I have had the Zeiss paperweight for a long, long time. I think it came from an antique store.

Owen

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Spitz A1, Nova III, GOTO S-2, Spitz A3P

Here is another Zeiss paperweight, notice the twin towers in the NY skyline.
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Ah, the newer Zeiss as it has the plate below each star globe to hold the projectors for the first magnitude stars. Your collection continues to amaze! (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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bjsullivan
post Dec 22 2007, 07:57 PM
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Hmm.. what's up here?
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post Dec 23 2007, 05:47 AM
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QUOTE(bjsullivan @ Dec 23 2007, 01:57 AM) *
Hmm.. what's up here?



HEY if you see a box of outside christmas lights up there .. well, im MISSING ONE OF MINE! santa gare
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post Dec 23 2007, 07:04 AM
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While you guys are looking for stuff, can one of you take one of the tubular shaped lens housings off one of the "spheres", hold it up to the sun and measure the focal length? Or do you already know ehat it is and could you share it with me?
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Ken Miller
post Dec 23 2007, 11:04 AM
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QUOTE(Ron Walker @ Dec 9 2007, 10:02 AM) *
I think I do remember it. Wasn't "Robbie the Robot" on kind of a pedestal in the center of a room when the boy first found him. It was so long ago that I've totally forgotten the plot. Or perhaps the plot was so bad that it was forgettable. (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

Robbie's first film was the best one he was ever in and still holds up beautifully today.

Is the other robot the "Lost In Space" one or did they use Robbie as well?

I love the Zeiss paper weight. Where did you find that?

Robbie apparently appeared in one or two of the Lost in Space episodes, as well as numerous guest appearences in 50's and 60's tv shows.

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Robbie in Fremont wishes Robbie in Big Bear Lake, and everybody on this forum a very merry Christmas! "I am monitored to pass along season's greatings!".

Robbie is the last remaining piece of my robot collection. I had dozens of models of various sizes of the Lost in Space robot and Robbie. I forced myself to save only the one that I considered the "best" of all of them.
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Owen Phairis
post Dec 23 2007, 11:25 AM
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QUOTE(Ken Miller @ Dec 23 2007, 09:04 AM) *
Robbie apparently appeared in one or two of the Lost in Space episodes, as well as numerous guest appearences in 50's and 60's tv shows.

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Robbie in Fremont wishes Robbie in Big Bear Lake, and everybody on this forum a very merry Christmas! "I am monitored to pass along season's greatings!".

Robbie is the last remaining piece of my robot collection. I had dozens of models of various sizes of the Lost in Space robot and Robbie. I forced myself to save only the one that I considered the "best" of all of them.


Robbie at Big Bear Lake, overlooking the Big Bear Solar Observatory thanks you, and would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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post Dec 23 2007, 11:39 AM
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The GOTO MARS M-1 globes are at a fellow hobbyist's home. I'm sure he will do that and post a reply! I think there might be another lens assembly or two in the cargo trailer stored 50 miles north, I only had time to unload some of the stuff from Illinois. Next time I am up there I will search the trailer unless RW has time to measure one of the lenses that were still attached to the two starglobes. These massive lenses are unlike anything I have ever seen, especially when held up to a light source.. Each one has a unique starfield cast against a silver-coated background. I have no idea how they manufactured these things, does anybody know? I'll bet each lens weighs 4-5 pounds and there are a bunch of them.
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post Dec 23 2007, 11:44 AM
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Are these the Viewlex or Singer type?
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post Dec 24 2007, 04:09 PM
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QUOTE(Owen Phairis @ Dec 7 2007, 01:49 PM) *
I am anxious to hear about the Goto Projector.....

Owen

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We have been told that the planet cages and the entire central core were "thrown out" and that only the star globes were retained. They used a bunch of the lenses in special effect projectors (one with doors in front to simulate the look inside an observatory as the dome opened). We tried to get as many parts as we could find but I doubt both globes are totally complete.

These are from the Goto M-1 or Mars, which was one of their medium sized projectors designed for a 30 to 40 foot dome. The units are build like a tank and out of thick heavy metal.

Here is a picture of the most complete star globe to give you an idea of size.

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A view from the bottom where it connected to the central core.

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A look inside the star globe where you can see some of the condenser lens sets for the separate star projectors.

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post Dec 24 2007, 04:17 PM
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The second star globe had most of its lenses removed.

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Each projector once had a horizon cut off device attached in front of the lens. They are most complete on the one star globe.

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post Dec 24 2007, 04:23 PM
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Each unit can be removed from the larger star globe.

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The entire projector can be removed from the retaining ring.

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Without totally disassembling the projector I can guess that the focal length of these lenses is about 1.5 to 2 inches.
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post Dec 24 2007, 04:31 PM
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A close up of the lens projecting end....

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and the condenser end.

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post Jan 23 2008, 03:18 AM
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The slide sorting area is like a time capsule from the past
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post Jan 23 2008, 05:29 AM
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that star globe looks like an old diving bell doesnt it .. a bathysphere...

i LOVE this slide room - i hadnt thought of that, ive got a big collection of old ones and putting them on racks with lighted plexiglass would help sort them!

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QUOTE(mrgare5050 @ Jan 23 2008, 04:29 AM) *
that star globe looks like an old diving bell doesnt it .. a bathysphere...

i LOVE this slide room - i hadnt thought of that, ive got a big collection of old ones and putting them on racks with lighted plexiglass would help sort them!

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I've often thought it would be a good idea to scan all of my slides but then I thought, who would want to see them? I haven't looked at most of them in the past 20 or so years. The Kodachrome's will hold up, but I'm not so sure about the Ektachrome ones. Another way to waste more time. (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Jan 23 2008, 05:07 PM
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i LOVE this slide room - i hadnt thought of that, ive got a big collection of old ones and putting them on racks with lighted plexiglass would help sort them!

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It should be fairly easy to make a slide sorter! A few sheets of opaque plexiglass and a flourescent tube behind it. For what it might be worth I have seen slide sorting racks on eBay every once and awhile. They are usually on the cheap since everyone seems to be dumping slide equipment. It's a shame, I really like the 35mm slide images. I bought quite a few slides from www.spaceimages.com
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post Jan 23 2008, 05:15 PM
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The editing room.. another time capsule!
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post Jan 23 2008, 05:18 PM
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Other cosmic business is performed in here!
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post Jan 23 2008, 05:34 PM
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Planetarium sound system from which I based mine on
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