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Venus / Jupiter conjunction 13.11.17


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Thats from my back yard Pete.

The Power Station you see in the distance is Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

We also have the 2 wind turbines located a mile or so to the south west of Spondon,

and they were working today which is a novelty.

 

Our back garden slopes downwards towards the Derwent river ;  i get a good Eastern view, but can't

see the western side at all as the house is in the way.

North and south views are so so, but too many trees about for my liking, but we are close to a park

so trees are part and parcel of that.

I quite enjoyed this mornings early session, i must do it more often.

The air was very still and clear.

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3 hours ago, Bino-viewer said:

Thats from my back yard Pete.

The Power Station you see in the distance is Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

We also have the 2 wind turbines located a mile or so to the south west of Spondon,

and they were working today which is a novelty.

 

Our back garden slopes downwards towards the Derwent river ;  i get a good Eastern view, but can't

see the western side at all as the house is in the way.

North and south views are so so, but too many trees about for my liking, but we are close to a park

so trees are part and parcel of that.

I quite enjoyed this mornings early session, i must do it more often.

The air was very still and clear.

It was the wind turbines that confused me Rob. Didn't think you had any near your house. Thought you'd found a new dark site. :)

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As the crow flies the turbines are close-ish, i'm guessing about 3 or 4 miles away.

At 130m tall (to tip) they are not easily missed.

 

They were put in by Severn Trent water at goodness knows how much cost,

but there were plenty of red faces around when they found out the structures

interfered with the main radar systems scanning in bound flights at East Mids Airport.

The CAA had them moth balled until a workable solution was found. That was over 3 years ago !!

But i believe they have now overcome  these issues, and they are finally up and running.

 

Some people loathe them, others are ok with them.

I don't mind them myself. 

 

More info here....

 

https://www.pagerpower.com/news/spondon-wind-turbines-become-operational-following-successful-mitigation/

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Interesting article. Never thought that they could interfere with radar, but I suppose at that height and proximity to EMA, it should be obvious.

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