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In the original Star Wars, when rescuing Leia, our heroes shoot the guards, then spend a few seconds shooting some equipment. What are these objects and why are they shooting them?

This one looks like door controls, since you see them elsewhere. I guess they don't want reinforcements coming in. Door controls

I have no idea what the other things they shoot are though. There's these on the ceiling: Ceiling objects

And these on the walls: Wall objects

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    The first one is a door panel, the second a camera, and I have no idea what that third one could be. I'm sure this is covered in the novelisations or visual dictionary, so it's just a matter of someone who has them arriving :) Nice Question and nice spots! – Edlothiad Dec 18 '17 at 7:54
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The first picture is a door control - we see these in other locations near doors, and I'm pretty sure we see Luke shoot another one out (which also controls a bridge) when he and Leia are on the run after being separated from Han and Chewbacca.

The second item is an automated holocam which provides a "multi-dimensional" surveillance feed and also targeting data for the third device, which are automated laser projectors.

We see variants of the holocam in several other media (although mostly sub-canon like the Jedi Knight games where you must destroy the holocams to prevent being seen on some missions), but we do see the laser projectors in action in the Clone Wars as automated laser traps.

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    the laser trap shows up as a trip mine in Jedi Knight 2 and 3 – Aaron Hill Dec 19 '17 at 6:40
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Blast door controls, observation holocam, laser projector

Your answers are available from the Star Wars Customizable Card Game, the greatest thing that happened to my brother and I in middle school.

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Note: this picture is the one that Luke shot in the hangar bay after Darth Vadar killed Obi-Wan, not the one Han shot in the detention block. So many door controls! Still, it is obviously the same prop.

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These three cards were in the initial card set (Premiere) from the game. I'm not sure the cannon-icity of these cards, since they came out in 1995; aka long ago in a galaxy far, far away. This was a time when Star Wars fandom consisted of the three real moves, 20 year old action figures, Timothy Zahn novels, and crazy fan sites on the nascent internet. But in any case, there are your answers!

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    Are these cards canon? – Edlothiad Dec 18 '17 at 14:36
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    @Edlothiad As I said, I'm not sure. I'm sure they are not any more. They were licensed before even the 'Shadows of the Empire' time. They're a real look into the past of Star Wars, when it was still a movie series, before it became a multimedia empire. – kingledion Dec 18 '17 at 14:38
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    @kingledion - I wouldn't say that. Sure, there's a lot of media that came after, but there was plenty enough to call it an empire even back then: the various TV spinoffs (e.g. Droids, Ewoks), the Rebel Assault, X-Wing and TIE Fighter video games, and so on. – Jules Dec 18 '17 at 17:55
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    I still regret selling my SWCCG collection, years later. Oh well. – enderland Dec 19 '17 at 15:14
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The script identifies the objects they shoot thusly;

The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded. Luke and Han have already pulled out their laser pistols and are blasting away at the terrifying Wookiee. Their barrage of laserfire misses Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser gate controls, and the Imperial guards. The officer is the last of the guards to fall under the laserfire just as he is about to push the alarm system. Han rushes to the comlink system, which is screeching questions about what is going on. He quickly checks the computer readout.

Star Wars: A New Hope - Final Draft Screenplay

They continued to shoot security sensors

Han shouted, “Go get him!” and grabbed a blaster from a fallen guard. The lieutenant finally realized that Han and Luke weren’t real stormtroopers and reached for his own blaster. Han disabled him. Then he, Luke, and Chewbacca kept blasting until every security sensor was a shattered mess.

Star Wars: A New Hope - Jnnior Novelisation

and energy-rate controls

Both he and Luke had darted clear of the rampaging Wookiee, pulled out their pistols, and were blasting away at him. Their reaction was excellent, their enthusiasm undeniable, and their aim execrable. Not a single shot came close to the dodging Wookiee. Instead, they blasted automatic cameras, energy-rate controls, and the three dumbfounded guards.

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Pointing his pistol at the [Comlink] panels, Solo blew the instrumentation to silent scraps.

Star Wars: A New Hope - Official Novelisation

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