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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last night the Moon and Mars where quite close but not close enough to get in the same frame.

Now the Moon is an easy target but Mars is the size of a in prick. It took a lot of effort to get any picture of of Mars but I did manage it in the end

Now that was easy

Find Mars

This may help a bit.

I will try again tonight weather permitting

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/16/2014 8:44AM

    I wondered what Planet that was. I too got a pic of the Moon and Mars. I will post my blog later.
Great shot of the Moon!

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    I can't believe you were able to get Mars!

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The Moon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Last night I had a nearly full Moon, so out came the camera.

Lens 300 at F8 at 640

A better picture than the night before

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EMMACORY 4/14/2014 9:45PM

    emoticon Hope you get to see the moon tonight. We have clouds so will not be able to see the red moon. emoticon

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    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Fighting war wounds

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Around the years 2001 / 2 I had a fight with a HP 20" monitor and lost. This compressed my spine and give trouble from time to time. I means that when I sit down I have trouble getting up and lifting heavy weight.
This weekend it went on the attack again, so sitting down or rather getting out of a chair is painful. This time I have not needed any painkillers, so it is not as bad as last time.

I have managed a trip out and managed some pictures.


These are all in my garden

I manage this last night but not my best as my telescope is heavy and I can't set it up until the back is better.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 4/13/2014 12:15PM

    Feel better soon emoticon

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SATCHMO99 4/13/2014 11:48AM

    Tiny Tim's song was one of my dad's favourites, Hickok-Haley!

Hope your pain is easing now TCanno.

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    SPRING! Thank you for sharing with us. Love the flowers and sister moon.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/13/2014 9:03AM

    Your flowers are beautiful. Wish they were in my garden. Oh my word, I showed my Hubby your Tulips, now he is singing "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" lol. Like your Moon shot. Did you hear about the "blood moon"? I know we will see it here in the states. Hope you can as well. Time to google hehe

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KARENE10 4/13/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon and great pictures,the flowers are beautiful!

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Crossness (On to the engine room)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Sunday (see last blog), leaving the trains and small engines behind it was time to visit the main beam engine room. This you have to pay to get into but is well worth the 6 fee. It is so interesting that you really can leave your troubles behind. Hard hats have to be worn which do interfere with taking pictures but can be got round.

This is used to start the flywheel in motion.

The flywheel and it weights 52 tons moves at 10.6 RPMs

One of the two parts of the beam weight is 47 tons

Piston rods

Two of the other engines to be restored

Doing the oily bits

All the volunteers are dress as Victorians

Well that is it but if you are in the UK or having a visit to Southeast Londod look up Crossness on the internet

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/11/2014 1:30AM

    Wow, it's completely different up close isn't it. The weight of everything amazes me. That's an interesting museum. emoticon Even with a hard hat on.

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    There is such beauty in machinery. I find it fascinating and will have to add this to my London list for next time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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A Sunday out

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Last Sunday three of us went to look over a Victorian Pumping station up at Abbey Wood (South London). We arrived just before it opened at 10:30. The Engine shed was open so while we waited for the main hall to open we took a look round.

My two friend looking a part of the body of a train they are hoping to restore and use as a park and ride.

One of the smaller engines.

On the way round to the main hall we passed this, Now I would not want to change this too often.

Arriving at the main hall which was free to enter, there are lots of working engine working on compressed air.

I couldn't get a good shot of this but it was worth seeing.

I wish I could have had a video camera to show some of the working ones.

I still have lots to process, so watch this space for the main engine room

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    Thanks for the treat. Love the WD-40 in the last shot. Going to need a lot of that.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/8/2014 8:44AM

    I love old engines. Your friends have a job on their hands, but what joy it will bring when their project is done. Park and ride sounds nice. Toot Toot!!

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