Weight and Stuff Report – 15 August 2016

No change today…

I’ve seen this thing before, but only as a vague shape in the distance, never having been able to resolve any detail. It turns out to be the NAREC Offshore Anemometry Hub (or NOAH for short). NAREC being the National Renewable Energy Centre, making the name a nested acronym, which is the kind of thing I like. Anyway, NOAH is a fancy sensor platform, measuring wind, waves, tides and whatever else goes on out there. It’s gathering data for wind farm development. According to a document you can find here, it’s 104 metres above mean sea level and that platform is 10 metres square. So it’s quite big. And a rough estimate from maps suggest it was somewhere around seven miles from the camera, which accounts for the fuzziness. It’s all that pesky air moving around, you know…

Anyway, this isn’t the sharpest or most impressive of images, but I’m posting it for interest – and indeed to show off the fact that my long lens can capture something like that at all…



Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 800mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.1017′ 0″ N 1° 25.0241′ 0″ W