This dish is one end of the of the 'One Mile Array'. This telescope array was the first long-baseline Earth-rotation aperture synthesis interferometer built under the direction of Martin Ryle between 1962 and 1964 by U.S. radio mast experts Blaw Knox; it is now mothballed. There is a short summary of the history of the site at: www.phy.cam.ac.uk/research/ap/appictures/MRAO_History_Ima... In 1999 a campaign by CARA to restore one of the dishes in the array for amateur use was begun see: www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~arcus/cara/
Sigma DP1 with WA converter. The wide FOV has paid off in getting cover at limited stand off.
I love the ellipse distortion, the contrast of textures, the 2 patterns of the tractor track and steelwork assembly: thanks for the comments that pushed me along! The rendering of the mesh in the diffuse light is membranous in this shot compared to the direct sunlight in Apex 1.
This is as close as I got. As you can see I still don't have enough flying line to get the whole thing in as a nadir shot even with the WA converter. With thanks to all those who egged me on, it was tense but the image is worth it!
The One mile array identified the radio galaxy Cygnus A and the supernova remnant Cassiopaeia A.
This dish is one end of the of the 'One Mile Array'. This telescope array was the first long-baseline Earth-rotation aperture synthesis interferometer built under the direction of Martin Ryle in about 1962 by U.S. radio mast experts Blaw Knox it is now mothballed.
The Ryle Telescope is an 8-element interferometer operating at 15 GHz (2cm wavelength). The elements are equatorially mounted 13 m Cassegrain antennas, on an (almost) E-W baseline. Four aerials are mounted on a 1.2 km rail track, and the others are fixed at 1.2 km intervals. www.mrao.cam.ac.uk/telescopes/ryle/index.html This flight was all about getting to know the EP1 with the 14-42mm lens. The hit rate is not so good (presumably due to the light loss through its 'long' lens array) but I think the resoloution is good. Next step is to get some kind of remote control for the tele-wide actuator up and running without going over the weight buget (all up this rig weighs in at 900g.now) The whole area to the left of the telescope is a no fly zone imposed by the Countryside Restoration Trust, a nature conservation charity; they don't like kites or kite fliers.