Pt. Conception lens moving.

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Postby Bill Edwards » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:07 pm

Pt. Conception lens moving from the lighthouse to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

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Postby BMR » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:40 pm

Another 1st order lens preserved and presented to the public ... from Noozhawk

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_b ... n_20130922

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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:38 am

They really are a thing of great beauty and engineering expertise. I have been up close and personal with the 1st order at Greencape and never ceased to be amazed at the intricate workmanship involved in making one of these lenses.
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Postby MontaukPoint » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:57 pm

That's one massive lens.

I'm sad to say that I still haven't viewed one up-close. Someday...
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:28 am

The Greencape lighthouse celebrated its 130th birthday during the ILLW event and the old light was relit both nights for the occasion. To refloat the lens so it could turn using the clockwork mechanism, they had to refill the mercury bath and I was told it took 180 litres of mercury to do the job.
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