The tiny town of Parkes is located 370 kilometres west of Sydney. It is famous for 3 things:
It is the childhood home of guitar legends Tommy and Phil Emmanuel: The Emannuel Brothers
Parkes boasts the largest per capita amount of Elvis impersonators in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is the home of The Dish, the famous CSIRO radio telescope.
Located in a sheep paddock, The Dish was responsible for receiving and relaying visual and audio images from the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing. At the time it was the largest radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and worked in conjunction with Houston to receive communications when the moon was on the "Australian Side" of the Earth. It is the greatest scientific instrument ever built in Australia.
The Dish has since been involved in the Mariner 2, Mariner 4, Voyager, Galileo, Giotto and Cassini-Huygens space missions.
The Dish is 64 metres in diameter and has an antenna 18 metres long. It is constantly moving and has worked virtually every day since its construction in 1961.
If you haven't seen it before, The Dish is a very funny Australian film about the Moonwalk and Parkes' role in it.
The Moon Landing
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abmdsudi (41422) 2014-08-24 22:51
The aliens are coming! The late afternoon saturated sky colour is fantastic, as is the foreground clusters and I love to see the detail in the many girders there. The beautiful glow makes it stand out and it does indeed look like its communicating with....
Fine shot, with this lovely piece of telescope and tx to your infor notes. Nice exposure !!
emka (75335) 2014-08-24 22:54
Ciao Lisa, Very interesting photo and notes, and also brings memory to me. I am old enough to remember well the moon landing in July 1969, and a month later I went with LF (at that time he was not so lazy) to Charzykowy where we are enjoying quiet lazy holidays just now :).
Impressive big dish and you had marvelous light for a photo. I saw similar object, the Effelsberg 100-m Radio Telescope in Bad Münstereifel, district of Euskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. For 29 years the Effelsberg Radio Telescope was the largest fully steerable radio telescope on Earth.
Hugs from forests and lakes in north of Poland
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2014-08-25 1:10
I did see that movie, a great film and one which showed well just how important this place was in creating one of the most iconic tv moments ever, the eyes of the world were on that scene and it was this place that made it happen! A brilliant post, of such an important yet little known landmark. You took a beautifull capture of it here too, the way the sun is lighting the dish up gold, and the surprisingly large building underneath, against that fantastic sky. Love how the colors change through the sky, it looks superb.
Excellent subject to share, I must find that film again and watch it again soon :)
Best wishes from the soggy rock.
Royaldevon (27781) 2014-08-25 1:55
Ciao Cara Lisa,
Apart from the lovely composition which strikes immediately, the light on the subject is just stunning. It looks as if it is a sunlight receptacle rather than a telescope!
Thanks for sharing this,
snunney (80883) 2014-08-25 2:13
The lighting is superb bringing an ethereal feel to the composition that is most appropriate to to the subject. Nicely positioned just off centre and perfectly exposed. Wonderful colours and clarity. Thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (47798) 2014-08-25 5:32
Spectacular useful structure. I like the superb golden sunlight over it. Well seen.
williewhistler (13205) 2014-08-25 5:40
I must admit that I was totally unaware that
Parkes boasts the largest per capita amount of Elvis impersonators,how could I have missed that?
As for this massive structure it is impressive isn`t it and taken under this warm light the details of the dish are emphasised nicely against the clearest of evening skies.
Being a Bank Holiday it is of course raining here,good for the gardens I believe..
Kindest wishes Les.
Sergiom (56819) 2014-08-25 6:14
Long time no see. Welcome back. What i dish ! The evening light gives a very nice golden color.It is nice to see the base also that gives a sense of dimension. It is Huge!
Have a nice day
photoray (11071) 2014-08-25 7:06
Howdy Space Cadet Lisa,
Informative knowledge on this classical radio telescope from almost half a century ago, especially the assistance with the Apollo program.
And the image is fine with warm lighting and in good resolution.
PS: Not what I expected after your 'walkabout'. Ironically I had a dream of the walkabouts in my youth with my Dad, especially learning to swim in lakes and rivers away from civilization.
ktanska (24454) 2014-08-25 10:31
Beautiful piece of large scale engineering, especially on this warm light. The building under the dish looks like a lighthouse cut in half. Well framed sharp shot. Never seen such by myself. But of course they are build far away from bigger cities, so no wonder.
macjake (54240) 2014-08-25 12:00
sorry for not posting a photo of Naples this morning...i'll get to it this evening or tomorrow early morning :)
I'll give you a hint, think Pizza :)
There are some things in this life that you kinda want to keep to yourself - i'll share one with you (perhaps I have already i'm not sure)
when i saw this large dish, i only thought of one thing. SETI - the search for alien life!
yup, i'm believer! still waiting for someone to answer my call lol
wonderful photo Lisa, its all about the lighting isn't it - love that golden glow mixed with the blue skyline.
see you soon!
Tue (27554) 2014-08-25 13:10
Excellent photo of the Dish! The sharpness is fantastic and I love the warm colour against the blue background. Very well done!
carlo62 (29651) 2014-08-25 14:08
che piacere vedere una tua foto.
Questa luce è talmente calda che in quel piatto ci si può cuocere una frittata!!!
Non conoscevo questo luogo e neanche questo radar, che ha un anno più di me.
Bella e curiosa condivisione, oltre che a essere una bella foto.
Un grande abbraccio
lousat (74107) 2014-08-25 15:47
Ciao Lisa,gran scelta del momento con la luce calda che accende i colori sulle trasmissioni satellitari.ehee..davvero interessante il tuo post,mi ha sempre appassionato la storia dei dischi e satelliti ( da qui capisci il mio nick LOU-SAT) e quello che ci mostri è un vero pezzo di storia vivente! Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano
asajernigan (20954) 2014-08-26 7:28
This is an interesting shot of this dish. The lighting is what makes it special. The brightly lit dish stands out nicely against the deep blue sky.
berek (35646) 2014-08-26 22:46
a picture taken in time. golden sunset colors liked it very much. balanced framing.
Cricri (103343) 2014-08-27 7:50
Hi dear Lisa
Spectaculaire et magnifiquement pris avec la lumière du soleil qui renforce les détails et les couleurs, beau contraste aussi avec le bleu du ciel, belle image
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-08-27 23:56
Excellent shot of the scientific apparatus which looks like a dish for tv telecast.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
mirosu (12770) 2014-08-29 10:45
Many thanks for interesting info note. The dish is in superb warm light (late afternoon?) and in excellent contrast against blue sky. I like the arrangement in tight crop very much.
Very well done.
tyro (19342) 2014-08-31 2:18
Ciao cara Lisa,
A thoroughly interesting and very informative note about this amazing instrument and a delightful photograph of "The Dish" from the very dishy Lisa.
I presume that this picture was taken either in early morning or late evening because the warm low angled light brings out all the lovely colours and contours of the dish and its supporting building so very well and makes them stand out beautifully against the sky and the shaded trees.
Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
batalay (35117) 2014-09-01 20:40
I remember well the extraordinary success of the famous Dish in Parkes. One of the the most beautiful spiral galaxies, the M51, is visible only in the Southern Hemisphere, and it was photographed with astonishing detail by this dish. I used it in my book "Math and the Mona Lisa," as an example of a perfect logarithmic spiral.
Thank you for sharing this photo.