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Telescope as Observatory Alternative

by Esmeralda Posted 1st Apr 2015 at 2:49 PM - Updated 1st Jul 2016 at 10:59 AM by Esmeralda : Addition to 'Issues' text
95 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 23 Thanks Posts
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.


INSTALLATION:
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.

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Field Researcher
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#2 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 3:01 PM
great job esmeralda thats way better from the one we have thanks
Field Researcher
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#3 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 3:27 PM
Awesome!
Test Subject
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#4 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 4:22 PM
Thanks so much, this is a great item!
Field Researcher
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#5 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 5:04 PM
Yes, thank you!
Finally a normal version of the telescope

I hope we'll get a normal version of the microscope in the future.
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 5:08 PM
I have been waiting for something like this. The pieces of science items are so big and clunky that you need a 60 x 60 lot just to hold it all. Wonderful job. I can't wait for all my nerdy sims to use it.
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 5:12 PM
Thank you !
Field Researcher
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#8 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 5:59 PM
Thanks. The waste gouging size of stuff, in this game is amazing. This is Perfect.
Test Subject
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#9 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 6:11 PM
Thanks so much, it's so annoying when there's no reasonably-sized alternatives, hopefully a smaller version of the microscope will be available soon too.
Test Subject
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#10 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 6:46 PM
Thank you for this Object.
I've been waiting a long time. :o))
Test Subject
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#11 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 9:19 PM
thank you, great
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#12 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 9:58 PM
I wouldn't care if your mod's animations had the sims stand on their heads, I'd still be 100% grateful for this mod! Anyway, thank you!
Test Subject
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#13 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 10:18 PM
EA's was way too bulky just to gaze sky.
Thank you for sharing :)
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 10:40 PM
Yay! Thank you! I haven't been using the game telescope at all because it's so enormous! :D
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#15 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 10:50 PM
Thanks, everyone! Hope everyone will find this helpful despite those few clunky default animations.
Field Researcher
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#16 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 11:15 PM
Brilliant! Thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
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#17 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 12:03 AM
I soo needed this, and now with the Science career... AWESOME! Thanks.
Test Subject
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#18 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 12:18 AM
Thanks for the telescope for all of us to use !
Test Subject
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#19 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 12:26 AM
Great work i love it!
Field Researcher
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#20 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 12:29 AM
Words fail me!!! Thank you so much. I can't tell you how I have missed the telescope and the so called "Observatory" is just too damn big for anything except community lots. Again, thank you!!!
Mad Poster
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#21 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 2:31 AM
You are officially my freaking hero! I wish I could hug you to pieces because I didn't want to build a second floor on the small lot I am playing just to get a huge observatory. Ugh. Thank you is not enough but all I can offer right now. :lovestruc:

EDIT: Just to say I don't care about animations, you've done a fantastic job and saved our lacking real estate. :bunny:
Field Researcher
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#22 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 5:26 AM
Thank you! This is so much better than that gigantic thing!
Field Researcher
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#23 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 8:20 AM
Thanks!
Lab Assistant
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#24 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 10:17 AM
Bravo and bravissimo :-) thx a lot !!!
Scholar
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#25 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 4:27 PM
I've got to give you a huge thank you for making such a huge item a lot smaller!
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