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Looking-North-no-WA

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/

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Dish-Detail

Sigma DP1 with WA converter. The wide FOV has paid off in getting cover at limited stand off.

Apex-3

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.

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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!

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Ear-to-the-sky

The One mile array identified the radio galaxy Cygnus A and the supernova remnant Cassiopaeia A.

Dish-South-Elevation

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.

Dish-3-quarts

Shadow of the Flowform visible

Reciever-half-dish1

A circle in a square.The shadow gives an idea of the height of the thing!

Ryle Telescope_02

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.
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