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Author Topic: Piccies from the Canberra clock and watch fair  (Read 5096 times)
Prof Eumides Blakehurst
Zeppelin Captain
Australia Australia

Scientist by Training, Mad by Practice.

« on: July 06, 2009, 03:29:51 am »

Well, I finally managed to get to one of the local fairs, and have some pictures to share. Some are decent, some are oddly lit as I only had my simple digital camera and there is a lot of brass and glass in these pics.

The highlight was meant to be a completely working (and accurate in timekeeping) replica of a John Harrison H3 chronometer (as used by James Cook when observing the transit of Venus in 1770 and accidentally stumbling on the east coast of Australia):

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Side on to see the yummy brass:
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There were trays of Elgins:
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And Hebdomus 8 days (which I discovered is what mine is - got it working courtesy of one of the chappies on hand):
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Fascinating Eureka clocks with an oscillating electromagnet instead of a pendulum:
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A brass lathe, still used by one of the guys:
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But for me the highlight was an 1880s astronomical clock. 28 day wind, with orrery that moved at the correct speed for the planets out to Saturn, plus a barrel dial to read the time. Complete lust on my part.
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Edit: photobucket is orienting these randomly! Argh! Sorry about this, I didn't want to give you a neck crick looking at these...  Undecided

There is no god and Dawkins is his prophet.
Steam Theologian
Zeppelin Overlord
Canada Canada

« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 10:37:18 pm »

Thanks for the pics.. watch fairs are indeed wonderful things, although they can be dangerous to the pocket book..


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Rowan of Rin
Zeppelin Admiral
Australia Australia

~The Black Blood Alchemist~

« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 07:47:03 am »

Holy Haleluka! That astronomical clock is an incredible piece of engineering, I would have loved to see it in action.

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Snr. Officer
United Kingdom United Kingdom

In it for the lulz.

« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009, 10:41:01 pm »

I want that astronomical clock SO badly. One day, I'd love to have one of those, an antique globe and a starglobe all next to each other. Total cosmic mapping.

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United States United States

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 05:07:25 am »

Gorgeous, all of it!


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