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Part 2, Hatteras Lens Restoration - Many Photos!

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:36 am


Judy,

Thanks. If you do come across some more info on the boats, please share it.

As far as the lens restoration goes, what is holding up the lens frame? It doesn't appear that it is held by any ropes or cable from your photos. Is it just supported or held in place by the the fan legs?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:18 am


It's held in place by the fan legs, which are bolted from underneath.

It's extremely sturdy...it's not going to move or sway, and it's supporting an enormous amount of weight from the prisms. However, there will be museum roping to protect it from the tourists, only because you don't want lots of people, including the children, touching the prisms. We had a couple of families jump right up onto the platform for a "photo-op" before we could stop them...so we just stood there and gritted our teeth. :)

One of the things that Jim Woodward said about this lens...it is in the worse condition of any lens he's ever worked on (so many parts missing), but that there was enough there to re-constuct it in a stable and sturdy condition.

We are looking at the condition (so much missing) as a most possitive thing. It's the first lens in the country to be re-constructed without missing parts being manufactured to make it "appear" to be in pristine condition.

This will finally show the general public the wear and tear, abuse and destruction these magnificant lenses have endured over the years.

Might even aid in fundraising to raise the needed money to restore some of these lenses...such as the 1st Order Fresnel in the Bodie Island Lighthouse. :D

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:38 pm


Lets hope that is the case (funding for Bodie)!

What percentage of prisms would you estimate is missing?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:41 pm


Over 600 pieces was the quote I heard.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:44 pm


So that would be close to half?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:51 pm


Yep!
Pretty sad, huh!

Most are missing because they were taken as souvenirs, and now may be in various attics.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:54 pm


Isn't there a "small" cat section in the museum section of the Bodie Island lighthouse keeper's quarters?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:57 pm


Yes there is.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:02 pm


Are they going to leave it as BI or take it and install it with the remainders of the lens?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:05 pm


There's discussion, but we're dealing with the NPS. So an answer is not quick to come.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:10 pm


I think they sould leave it a Bodie. Some people may not be making the trip to Hatteras and it has been nice to get up close to at least some part of a lens at Bodie. Maybe they should make a note in the case that the rest is on display in the musuem on Hatteras Island. It might bring them more visitors?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:27 pm


Good thinking. Like minds. Actually all of that was in the discussion.

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Postby vacastle » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:13 am


UPDATE!

Stephen asked...
Isn't there a "small" cat section in the museum section of the Bodie Island lighthouse keeper's quarters?


Jim Woodward has just confirmed that...
And the lower catadioptric panel that was at the Bodie Island visitor center was returned to the lens and installed. The Coast Guard was gracious enough to supply a replacement panel to the visitor center so they still had something to show while returning the original panel back to where it came from.


And Stephen, I haven't forgotton about those LSS artifacts. Photos to come.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:43 pm


:D
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Postby COTA » Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:39 pm


I have the featured panel from Bodie on photos, and will show it. I will not have to work this weekend, my father was in last weekend. So I will upload all my photos to send to Shirin or someone to post. Or you Stephen? I will do the uploading this weekend, Sat./Sun.

For those that may visit, this particular panel is the only lower panel that is complete. Also, when you walk in the door of the museum, it will be straight ahead of you on the back wall.

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