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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Looking down on Hartshead Pike

This week's Sky Watch shows you an unusual view of Hartshead Pike - looking down on it from higher ground!

This blog has shown many photographs of the iconic tower on top of the hill known as Hartshead Pike. Half a mile east of the pike is Brown Edge, overlooking Mossley. This is not as prominent as Hartshead Pike, but is higher. The summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point, seen here a few weeks ago. Today's photo is the view looking from that trig point down towards Hartshead Pike, with Ashton down to the left of it and Audenshaw Reservoirs visible behind it. If you click the image to see the larger version, you may just be able to make out a small and indistinct shape which is Joddrell Bank radio telescope, on the horizon between the trig point and Hartshead Pike. On the extreme left of the photo you can just see Alderley Edge on the horizon.

The photo features two objects pointing skywards. If Father Ted was here, he might point out that this one is small and that one is far away...

Sky Watch is a regular weekly feature on this photo blog. It links with websites all over the world with the general theme each week of looking upwards. Please take the opportunity to visit some of these other sites. I hope some new visitors have found their way here today, watching the skies!


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  2. Where is the next nearest trig point?

  3. Ian - next trig points - about 1.5 miles west (and half the altitude) just north of Park Bridge: http://binged.it/UOsQRp
    Then about 2 miles north (and the same altitude) at Austerlands: http://binged.it/QBk2Ks and about 2.5 miles east (but much higher) at Alphin Pike: http://binged.it/QBkvfV
    Southwards about 4 miles to Hough Hill and Hollingworthhall Moor near Stalybridge.


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