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Anybody seen such a trig before?
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Author:  MavEtJu [ 18 April 17 6:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Anybody seen such a trig before?

See http://imgur.com/a/dQKEv for the pictures. S 34 03.925 E 151 02.644 is the coordinates.

On SIX maps this doesn't show up on as being a trig, however on OSM it does show up as such. And further, the road it's called Loftus Trig Trail (but Loftus Ridge Trail on Google Maps and SIX maps).

Personally I think it's more an observation tower (you can see the climbing steps (taken off) and the area to stand in) but they don't match the ones I know from (dutch :-) knowledge.

Anyway, who wants to give their two cents on it?

Author:  Tuena [ 18 April 17 8:30 pm ]
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It's a prop from Star Wars. I can't recall which episode but you can see an observer in the foreground standing in it. I liked the first three (1977 onwards) so probably one of those.

Author:  caughtatwork [ 19 April 17 9:28 am ]
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http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Recon-tower :-)

Author:  CraigRat [ 19 April 17 10:05 am ]
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caughtatwork wrote:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Recon-tower :-)

THATS what it reminds me of! Good find! :lol:

Author:  MavEtJu [ 19 April 17 10:46 am ]
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caughtatwork wrote:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Recon-tower :-)


The Star Wars Universe is a great mix-up of obsolete technology and incredible stupidity and these kind of structures are exactly what is proving my point.

Author:  J_&_J [ 19 April 17 7:12 pm ]
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What's in the canister at the top of the tower? Looks like the mother of all GPS receivers!

Author:  Tuena [ 19 April 17 7:36 pm ]
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His lunch.

Author:  MavEtJu [ 19 April 17 9:58 pm ]
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J_&_J wrote:
What's in the canister at the top of the tower? Looks like the mother of all GPS receivers!


It looked like a metal cover. I threw a stone against it and it jiggled a little bit. I mean if you would throw a stone against it then it should have jiggled a bit.

Author:  J_&_J [ 19 April 17 10:39 pm ]
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Ah, who hasn't thrown a rock at an unlisted trig to see if it's real?

Author:  MavEtJu [ 20 April 17 10:36 am ]
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I think I'm going to fix the OSM version, the Sutherland Shire maps show it as a fire watch tower.

Edwin

Author:  CraigRat [ 20 April 17 3:51 pm ]
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Wouldn't be a pleasant day up there, not a lot of room to move from the looks of it.

Author:  MavEtJu [ 20 April 17 8:00 pm ]
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CraigRat wrote:
Wouldn't be a pleasant day up there, not a lot of room to move from the looks of it.


I don't get it neither...

This is how one in the forest near where I lived (.nl) looked like: https://us.123rf.com/450wm/ints/ints150 ... .jpg?ver=6

Author:  GammaPiSigma [ 21 April 17 11:32 am ]
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Definitely a fire tower. On the top (under the cover) will be a compass to get a bearing for triangulating the fire.

But seriously, what is the point of a fire tower in the RNP, on the edge of a city. They could have a chopper over the fire in minutes. Just weird.

Cheers,
Michael.

Author:  MavEtJu [ 21 April 17 9:23 pm ]
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GammaPiSigma wrote:
But seriously, what is the point of a fire tower in the RNP, on the edge of a city. They could have a chopper over the fire in minutes. Just weird.


The bars to climb up are cut off, it's not in use anymore.
Something about a bygone era thingie.

Author:  Dik: [ 25 April 17 10:52 am ]
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If it is anything to do with surveying I would imagine the box on the top contains a mount for a theodolite. Probably constructed to get a view to other trigs over the trees. Normal trigs would have a point on the ground under the tower to erect a tripod & theodolite.

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