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Title: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: zluikens on February 05, 2017, 07:35:44 PM
First time posting..

In December of 2015 a few friends and I camped out at Las Burras #1 and did some exploring in the canyons to the East near Oso Spring. Just North West of the spring we came upon this small box that was similar to a Pelican case strapped to a rock on a boulder with rope running to a sort of trip wire. In the pictures you can see how all traffic in the canyon would be funneled to where the trip stick is. Any idea what this is? Needless to say we didn't mess with it and left it alone. No markings on the box, however, it did look like there were some electrical connections on the top for a battery or antenna??
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Txlj on February 05, 2017, 08:31:40 PM
Weather station, border patrol sensor?

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Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Buck on February 06, 2017, 10:17:00 AM
This is what immediately comes to mind.  Always check overhead!  :icon_lol:

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Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Slimkitty on February 06, 2017, 11:03:47 AM
I would be very wary of that thing if I had stumbled across it.  Although it's probably just for data gathering, it seems like they could have placed a placard or sign next to it asking people not to touch it.  Without that, it's a lot creepier.


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Title: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: zluikens on February 06, 2017, 12:08:26 PM
I agree! Was really wary it could have been poison for nuisance animals. Maybe Ranger Tim can shed some light.


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Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Ranger Tim on February 06, 2017, 03:04:53 PM
It looks a bit like the remote seismic detectors that CBP used along the border in the Southern AZ around where I used to live near Sasabe. That said, I 'm not aware of any current science projects that would be using instruments, so I would guess border patrol. They don't exactly keep us abreast of their activities, though I would say that it seems to me like kind of a waste of effort putting a movement sensor in a park during the busy season.
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: dprather on February 06, 2017, 03:40:10 PM
I was going to guess a hobbled Huey, Dewey, or Louie (proto-R2-D2s) from Silent Running.  Maybe one of the domes from the U.S.S. Valley Forge crashed in the Bend?
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Jimbow on February 06, 2017, 07:00:31 PM
Side note: Didn't someone post a video a couple years back of a remote camera they set up in the park?



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Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: Buck on February 07, 2017, 09:29:46 AM
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I was going to guess a hobbled Huey, Dewey, or Louie (proto-R2-D2s) from Silent Running

Now that is one obscure reference!  Well played.  :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: dprather on February 07, 2017, 03:04:10 PM
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I was going to guess a hobbled Huey, Dewey, or Louie (proto-R2-D2s) from Silent Running

Now that is one obscure reference!  Well played.  :eusa_clap:

Does that qualify me as old and eccentric?
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: presidio on February 08, 2017, 02:50:46 PM
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I was going to guess a hobbled Huey, Dewey, or Louie (proto-R2-D2s) from Silent Running

Now that is one obscure reference!  Well played.  :eusa_clap:

Does that qualify me as old and eccentric?

Nah.

But the real question is: How many had to go look up the reference to understand the comment?

However, only Dewey survived. So Huey and Louie could not have been there.
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: dprather on February 08, 2017, 03:09:49 PM
That was one sad scene. when two of the little robots bravely sacrificed themselves.
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: ds9writer on February 08, 2017, 03:12:07 PM
That was one sad scene. when the little robots bravely sacrificed themselves.

One of my favorite movies from back then!   Oops, old and eccentric here too!
Title: Re: Anybody know what this is and what it is used for?
Post by: House Made of Dawn on February 08, 2017, 08:21:41 PM
Old and eccentric here, too. Possibly zluikens' device is used to catch things that are silently running.  ;)