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Built in the 1950's and consisting of nearly 50 small parabolas it was made to observe the changes in solar activity It seems to of been out of use for sometime but I think it is being maintained by enthusiasts and one large parabola is still in use. I made two visits over the weekend once at night and once during the day. I hope you enjoy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for looking peeps. A few more shots van be found at ET Phone Home.
Location #3 of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand was that TourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ - ET Phone Home Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. History This radio telescopes (interferometer) was built in 1954 to observe the changes in solar activity. On site there are around 50 radio telescopes. My Visit This was our last location on day one of the tour and with the light fading it was a race against time to get here before it got dark. So anyway, time won and when we arrived it was pitch black, luckily we found a sign pointing us in the right direction to walk amd within a few minutes we were stood on location and unpacking the gear. The location is a little out of the way and surrounded by corn fields which makes for an eerie feeling. That soon disappeared however when 5 torches were illuminating everything up! What I still find funny is that when we heard a car all went black as we turned the torches off and when the car had past ... Let there be light ! Maybe you had to be there! Anyway, as I mentioned it was very dark and we spent about an hour here trying to get a couple of images for our collections. I did a few long exposures then some bracketed and we even tried a little light painting. I managed to come away with two keepers from our time here and I can say I really like the result and I hope you do as well. Final thoughts This was a nice little site and it made a change from the usual places we had been visiting. It would have been nice to get on site when the sun was setting but you have to play the hand you're dealt and personally I think we all played it rather well. Few antics on the night as well including two of us hiding in the corn fields waiting to scare the hell out of a few of the group. It Never really went to plan and they did not even flinch! To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click the following link, http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/tag/toursep2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ So it's a normal mundane Tuesday afternoon at work and a text comes in from ZeroUE. Was I up for exploring a location that's been sealed up for ages and needs visiting ASAP before it's sealed up again? It would be silly not to, so off I goes. Inside was pitch black throughout and seemed much bigger than we expected. Lots of rooms full of random stuff too. Thanks to ZeroUE for the info - and the extra lumens!!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here's some history on it all 'lifted' from elsewhere.. Built in the early 1800's and was the rather grand home of few big cheeses until the early 1920's when it became a private school for girls. Listed status given in November 1966. In 1974 it was home to various council departments including social services, housing and maintenance. It's been unoccupied since 2006 and in 2011 it failed to reach its reserve price at auction. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ WARNING - This report contains extreme lens distortion that some viewers may find unsettling. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Well, it is nearly Christmas An original wrought iron cantilever staircase: There was a room upstairs that at one time must have been used for secure document storage. A few items remained and this one was quite moving And finally the original ballroom, most recently used as a council chamber