I had the pleasure and privilege of touring the Parkes Radio Astronomy Telescope last weekend with a group of my fellow members of Macarthur Astronomical Society.
Constructed in 1961, it is still one of the leading world-class radio telescopes, due to regular improvements in sensitivity.
The sixty-four metre diameter dish was made famous in a movie called “The Dish”.
It was my second visit – and there have been a few changes since my first visit in 1972.
These are some images of a very memorable experience for all of us who made the round trip of 720 kilometres to see it.
Many thanks to John Sarkissian OAM for his kind hospitality.
The above images were taken on 19th May 2018.
Two days before the tour was scheduled Joan and I went up to The Dish after closing time to try and get some shots as the Sun sank in the West:
Images © R.Powell
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Nice photo’s Roger, capture the day perfectly. We had a great time as well 🙂
Thanks for your kind comment, Richard.
Must have been an interesting tour!
I once did a similar tour at the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mecico, USA. The VLA comprises twenty-seven 25-meter radio telescopes deployed in a Y-shaped array and all the equipment, instrumentation, and computing power to function as an interferometer.
In 1997 the VLA became famous due to the science fiction movie “Contact” with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.
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Thanks for the visit and I appreciate your comment. I saw this as once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which I could not miss out on.
I am not a movie fan but I did see Carl Sagan’s “Contact” film. Maybe I’ll even watch “The Dish” one day!
Let me know if you have any links to the images you took at the VLA, I’d like to see them!
I went there in the late 90’s. This was the time when I still took analog photos. In this case it was slides. I have to grab in my archive an digitalize them … a work I also wanted to do with slides from different other places … 🙂
Ah yes, I know it well – the boxes of thousands of old photographs spanning many decades, all waiting to be digitised one day……