All of the Battlestar Galactica series, from the Original Series through Galactica 1980 to the Miniseries and beyond, have made use of location shooting to provide some of the background and scope for the storyline.
The programs filmed from 1978 through 1980 conducted location shoots around Southern California, for the most part not far from Universal Studios in Studio City, California.
The classic Galactica bridge set and others were built at Universal Studios, but many of those sets had been struck by December 1979 when Galactica 1980 began filming. As a result, stock footage was used even more than in the original program, especially when the bridge was shown. To compensate for this, the Universal backlot was also used throughout the shooting of the series, notably in "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II" for the sequences that took place in Germany. The programs filmed from 1978 through 1980 conducted location shoots around Southern California, for the most part not far from Universal Studios in Studio City, California. Galactica 1980 made even more use of this, since it was set in a contemporary setting.
Galactica 1980 Filming Locations
- Phone Booth
- In "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I", Troy and Dillon first meet Jamie near what is now a French restaurant in the Soledad Canyon in Los Angeles County. The phone booth that is featured in the scene was still there as of June 2006.
- The scenes of the planet Starbuck names after himself in "The Return of Starbuck" were filmed entirely on location at Red Rock Canyon State Park near Cantil, California, USA 
- Alonso Ranch
- Much of the episode "Space Croppers" was filmed at the Disney movie ranch in rural Los Angeles county, a favorite location for Galactica 1980. The recognizable covered bridge that is in the center of the ranch property is on prominent display in one scene.
- Planet Starbuck photos by Mark Weller and Janet McNeill Weller (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). (October 7, 2006).