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Revolutions: The Telescope BBC Four

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Thanks John - very interesting :smiley:

I've eaten samphire but I didn't know that it could also be used to make better quality glass.

 

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Revolutions: The Telescope BBC Foir

Funny how the brain works, I read this as Fair instead of Four.

Anyway, good to know and I've set it to record for watching later.  👍

 

 

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And following, a repeat of "How To See a Black Hole", with a very different kind of telescope.

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Thank you for sharing, will catch up with it on the BBC iPlayer.

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just watched it, amazing how things developed over the last 700+ years into what we have now and the work Hubble and others did to build the library of knowledge available to us today.

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Blasted BBC at it again :mad:. Was supposed to be how to see a black hole following Jim A-K, but no, damn stupid "peaky blinders" :mad: :mad:. Why is the beeb putting damn stupid rubbish drama (Hawk-spit-ding) on a supposedly intelectual channel? :mad:

I sense another complaint coming on.

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Complaint made.

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31 minutes ago, DaveS said:

Why is the beeb putting damn stupid rubbish drama (Hawk-spit-ding) on a supposedly intelectual channel? :mad:

Just being inclusive Dave, it's in their remit 😂

Dave

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But are they supposed to include the morons in a thinking person's channel?

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46 minutes ago, DaveS said:

But are they supposed to include the morons in a thinking person's channel?

That's what being inclusive is all about Dave 😂

Dave

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Just finished watching my recording and have to say it was an excellent programme.  A bit heavy on special effects but the content was worth it.

More I say.  Keep making more. 😁

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It was a excellent documentary, I thought.

What amazed me was the fact that it took a whole three hundred years after inventing lenses for spectacles before someone thought to put two lenses together and make a telescope.

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Persoanlly I found the upbeat American-style of presentation extremely irritating. Pity really because for me it spoiled what was interesting content, some of which I didn't know. 

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1 hour ago, Ouroboros said:

Persoanlly I found the upbeat American-style of presentation extremely irritating. Pity really because for me it spoiled what was interesting content, some of which I didn't know. 

Perhaps they hope to sell it in the USA?

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Disappointing - not up to Jim AK's other programmes.

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58 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

Disappointing - not up to Jim AK's other programmes.

Agreed. I could not see the point in dissecting the replica of Galileo's telescope or the gold dust effect that accompanied it.

Why not show Newtons original and the working of one of the current generation of giant telescopes? 

Regards  Andrew 

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24 minutes ago, andrew s said:

Agreed. I could not see the point in dissecting the replica of Galileo's telescope or the gold dust effect that accompanied it.

Why not show Newtons original and the working of one of the current generation of giant telescopes? 

Regards  Andrew 

Exactly. Lots of missed opportunities. I doubt I'll watch anything else in the series.

The only somewhat redeeming feature was the coverage of Henrietta Leavitt and her variable stars.

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14 hours ago, DaveS said:

But are they supposed to include the morons in a thinking person's channel?

Unfortunately there are more morons than thinking persons. As far as the Beeb is concerned, the important thing is "bums on seats" even if they are only in front of the telly.   😟

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4 hours ago, johninderby said:

This could have something to do with it. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2019/discovery

Yes. It had the feel that it was made for a non-British audience.  Even Jim AK had been told to up his normally enthusiastic manner I thought to one of overly gushing enthusiasm on steroids. 

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