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Telescope as Observatory Alternative

by Esmeralda Posted 1st Apr 2015 at 1:49 PM - Updated 1st Jul 2016 at 9:59 AM by Esmeralda : Addition to 'Issues' text
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Here's a space-saving alternative to that enormous Observatory that's too big to fit comfortably on many lots. The Observatory is okay for some purposes, but why the game ONLY included that huge monster and not a normal telescope or two as well, I can't imagine.

It uses the mesh of the Expensive Telescope from The Sims 2, and has a 2-tile footprint as opposed to the 25-tile footprint of the Observatory. It's found in the Activities section of Buy Mode, in the Knowledge area where the Observatory is, and costs 1000 simoleons. It comes three colours: its original white texture, black, and blue with a space galaxy graphic.

It works exactly the same as the Observatory, just with a different mesh. As you see in the first 2 screenshots in the below pic, it uses the default Observatory sim pose which (as you'll know if you've peeked inside the Observatory while a sim is using it) consists of the sim standing still with their arms at their sides. I positioned the telescope and its eyepiece to fit this default pose, in which we have to imagine that the telescope is so high-tech that all you have to do is stand there and it automatically adjusts and focuses itself (the telescope retains the whirring noise of the Observatory, which we can think of as the camera adjusting).

As a bit of amusement, the sim will occasionally laugh and talk to him/herself, especially if they're doing the Spy On Neighbors action. So they're not always completely inanimate. Also pretty amusing is what happens if you choose Woohoo in Observatory: as seen in the third screenshot in the below pic, the two sims just stand still, not even facing each other. So we have to think of it as 'Telepathic Woohoo', ha ha.

ISSUES: There are a few clunky default animations I can't do anything about, such as when the sim approaches to use the telescope and when he/she leaves it, they will perform the hopping up and down animation they use when entering and exiting the Observatory booth. Also, from time to time while using the telescope, the sim's body will, for some reason unknown except to EA, randomly do a jump forward into the telescope for a second and then back again to its normal position.

Also: please note that children using the telescope will stand in a very strange unnatural pose with their hands down between their legs - this pose is all EA's making and not mine, and I can not even begin to imagine why such a peculiar pose (of course they never expected us to see it, what with it being inside the observatory, but still - why???)!

Useful for spying on your neighbours during the day:

Or for its intended use for stargazing at night:

Thanks for looking, I hope you'll find this a useful space-saving alternative.

Unzip the zip file and move the .package file to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

Polygon Counts:
2706 polys

Additional Credits:
Made with Sims 4 Studio, Milkshape, and Blender.

Thanks to Maxis for the TS2 telescope mesh.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Esmeralda_Telescope_TS2Conversion.zip 1.11 MB 17,282 1st Apr 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
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