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What's On in Pembrokeshire / Re: Merlin's Bridge - Bridges to be Replaced!!!
« Last post by welshcol on January 19, 2019, 11:05:02 PM »
Great photos of the "old" bridge on the move.
Looking at the "new" Bridge on Thursday, see photo, thought crane would be doing a lift off the transporter of the old bridge then placing new bridge on the carrier since space looked very tight for any other option.
From what you are saying not the case so "hope"  ::) they have any easy installation of the new unit tomorrow.
What's On in Pembrokeshire / Re: Merlin's Bridge - Bridges to be Replaced!!!
« Last post by Maytree on January 19, 2019, 09:06:27 PM »
Today the Pembroke Road Rail Bridge was removed - but not without a fight!

After many hours of waiting it finally came up the road on it's remote controlled transporter.
The first lift happened around 2pm (Scheduled for 10.30am), then rotated 90 degrees ready to be moved.

The pictures show it entering the compound and about to be put on stands, the transporter then lowers its jacks and moves to under the new bridge.
No crane used just the jacking system on the transporter Colin.

Tonight or tomorrow the new bridge will be wheeled down the road and into position.

The transporter has four pairs of wheels in four parallel rows, that's 64 wheels!

Astronomy Group / Saturn's spectacular rings are 'very young'
« Last post by Geoffw on January 18, 2019, 02:12:00 PM »
Saturn's spectacular rings are 'very young'
By Jonathan Amos  BBC Science Correspondent  17 January 2019

We're looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists.  They've confirmed the planet's iconic rings are very young - no more than 100 million years old, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth......for more information CLICK HERE
Astronomy Group / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse Visible from UK
« Last post by welshcol on January 18, 2019, 08:28:30 AM »
Early indications are that there will be good visibility for the early hours of the Morning of 21st January giving a good chance of viewing the Total Lunar Eclipse.  ::)
General Chatty Stuff / A "Simple" Guide to Brexit!!!!
« Last post by welshcol on January 15, 2019, 05:33:22 PM »
A "Simple" Guide to Brexit!!!! now there's a contradiction if ever I saw one!!!! ::) :( :(

U3A Walkers / Walk on the Dale Peninsula
« Last post by Geoffw on January 14, 2019, 05:00:17 PM »
A group of happy U3A members take a rest!

Astronomy Group / Tricks to help Photograph the Lunar Eclipse 21st January
« Last post by Geoffw on January 14, 2019, 12:34:36 PM »
The total lunar eclipse occurs for observers in all of North and South America. Observers in Europe and Africa can see the eclipse in progress as the Moon sets.

To get the best exposure you need o delve into your camera's setting to find "Spot metering" and select it.  Then when you point your camera at the moon centre the viewfinder on the brighter part of the moons surface and then you should get a reasonable image.  If you are using a zoom lens your would be better to use a tripod.

Next time I see the moon!!!! I will take a couple of images to show you what I mean.

Any other suggestions from our photographic 'experts' would be appreciated!
General Chatty Stuff / Re: Biggest Natural Harbours in the World
« Last post by bowenblacktar on January 13, 2019, 07:53:32 PM »
Nice article. Nelson liked Milford particularly because it contained one Mrs Hamilton.....

Years before I moved to Pembs I had a holiday in Minorca and took a boat trip around Mahon harbour. Our guide announced that it is the third largest natural DEEP WATER harbour in the world, Pearl Harbour being the largest and Milford Haven being second. Plenty of different ways to measure of course.

In Esso London HQ fifty years ago we were told the 250000 ton tankers entering Milford had a draft of 62 feet fully laden and were in a channel with a depth of just 65 feet! They offloaded half before taking the rest to Fawley where it is much shallower.
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