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Details for Benchmark: HW3332

N 38° 01.970 W 078° 31.342 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 866

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is SCALED and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In ALBEMARLE county, VA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
LEANDER MC CORMICK OBS 1965
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Discovered with inxtricablfate and MAGTFPLANNER while cruising through WV and VA picking up specific caches to target Counties, Independent Cities and Delorme Pages. Benchmarks were collateral damage along the way we scooped up to add to the fun.

Discovered with inxtricablfate and DirtyD13 on a County/DeLorme/Independent City tour around (West) Virginia .

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Note to scab on a Google Earth image that shows the relationship of this intersection to the nearby Triangulation Station.

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Saw this observatory while caching in the area.

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Found while looking for a nearby cache.

Very cool!

Grabbed as part of a well rounded cache day. This was one of my bonus benchmark caches, and second benchmark logged. Knew this one was here as I saw it several months ago while searching for clues to find a nearby puzzle cache. Thanks for bringing me to this lovely area again.

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Found it 1/12/14 at 10:30a. Skyboy01

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photoLEANDER MC CORMICK OBS 1965

Found while looking Seeing the Stars cache.

Found on a gloomy day in Charlottesville.

This is the same benchmark described as HW3334, only without the reference marks. Look under the small manhole cover for the disc!

N 38° 01.962 W 078° 31.337

This is one HUGE benchmark, look too hard and you'll miss it !

[This entry was edited by DMflyer on Monday, March 31, 2008 at 10:22:23 AM.]

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University No 1 - 1965

Found while looking for geocache GCHAE6. Cool!

I decided to take a little hike this morning from the building I work at on campus, up to the observatory to log this benchmark. Whew, what a hike.

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A quick shot of the observatory.

Found it, or observed it anyway. Fun drive up to and down from the observatory on a very narrow road with no shoulders.

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photoHW3332 - Charlottesville, VA
Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia

Found it. Had some trouble finding it as I was hesitant to lift up the heavy iron cover at first. Still there in great condition.

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Here it is I wish I had taken some water with me so as to clean the mark.
photoView of the Observatory
Iron cover is between these two buildings.

I have been to this sight many times before, looking for geocaches and attending astronomy club meetings. Thanks Leander for your contribution to astronomy. Great place to go on public viewing nights.

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photo Leander McCormick Observatory

Found while working on "Seeing Stars."

Observed the observatory, as described.

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photoHW3332 in Charlottesville, VA
Looking northeast at the observatory from the road that approaches from the University of Virginia campus.

This building is intact and is still being used.

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Leander McCormick Observatory

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1965 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1965 STATION UNIVERSITY IS LOCATED ON THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PROPERTY IN THE SOUTH EDGE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AT THE SITE OF THE LEANDER MC CORMICK OBSERVATORY. STATION UNIVERSITY IS 37 FEET WEST OF THE WEST EDGE OF THE OBSERVATORY, 33 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER OF THE ROAD, 26 FEET EAST OR THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF A BRICK BUILDING AND 25 FEET EAST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SAME BUILDING. NOTE--THE DIRECTION WAS TAKEN TO THE CENTER OF THE POLAR AND DECLINATION AXIS OF THE TELESCOPE.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 1994.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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