Anton Kutter

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Kutter's observatory in Biberach
Anton Kutter
Born Anton Kutter
(1903-06-13)13 June 1903
Biberach an der Riß, Germany
Died February 1, 1985(1985-02-01) (aged 81)
Biberach an der Riß, Germany
Occupation film director, screenwriter and film producer
Years active 1926–1945

Anton Kutter (born 13 June 1903 in Biberach an der Riß, died 1 February 1985 in Biberach) was a German film director and screenwriter. He studied mechanical engineering at Stuttgart Technical University.

In 1926 Kutter went to Cologne and joined the Phototechnical Laboratory, and created his first films the same year. From 1931 to 1947 he worked for the Bavaria Film in Munich. In 1937 he made the science fiction movie, Weltraumschiff I startet [Space Ship I Launches], a story about a first Moon flight which he dated on 13 June 1963, his 60th birthday. Kutter was awarded two golden medals at the Venice Biennale.

Already at age 12, Kutter manufactured his first refracting telescope from lenses taken from a toy cinematograph. He became known to Anton Staus (1872-1955) who introduced him to the theory of Karl Fritsch (de)'s "Brachy" telescopes. He invented the Schiefspiegler telescope which is a modified Cassegrain reflector featuring superb optical definition due to an off-axis secondary mirror. An obituary was published by Roger W. Sinnott in Sky & Telescope.[1]

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  1. ^ "Optical Innovator Dies – Kutter, Anton by Roger W. Sinnott in Sky & Telescope, May 1985, p. 461.

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