There’s a prop we saw a couple of times that didn’t get much screen time. The most we saw of this prop was probably in “The Galileo Seven”—although it popped up a couple of other times, too.
It is a small, hand-held magnifying scope of some kind that Mr. Scott uses to inspect the mechanics and circuitry of the Galileo and inspect the phasers as he drains them of their energy as an alternate fuel source for the shuttlecraft.
We get our first glimpse of it as it is lying on the Galileo’s port “wing” with a lot of other tools (lying under the butt-end of the laser beacon):
As Mister Spock then steps inside to assist Mr. Scott, Scott has one with him as well. (So there must have been two on board.)
A bit later, Mr. Scott is still trying to get the Galileo going:
Later still, Mr. Scott uses it as he drains the phasers as an alternate fuel source for the shuttlecraft:
This tool crops up fleetingly in “Space Seed” ‘way over at screen right as an Engineering division lieutenant enters the bridge:
And we see it again in “The Devil In the Dark:”
It also shows up in ”The Enterprise Incident” as Mr. Scott tries to hook up the Romulan cloaking device:
Its last on-screen appearance would appear to be in a research station on a planet orbiting the star Minara, in the episode “The Empath:”
Although it’s in black and white, there’s a nice publicity shot of the prop (courtesy of Mr. Greg Jein) in the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story (1):
We actually have had a couple of scopes made for our Phase II production. Our first one has appeared in a couple of our episodes and was made by Mr. David Wardale:
A newly-acquired one was fabricated by Mr. E. Gaston Huckabay:
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(1) Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, Inside Star Trek: The Real Story (New York: Pocket Books, 1996), 153.