Parkes Radio Telescope
The Parkes Radiothermal Telescope, completed in 1961, was the brainchild of E.G. (Taffy) Bowen, from CSIRO
's Radiophysics Laboratory.
From the size point of view, the Parkes Radio Telescope is ranked second after the one located at Tidbinbilla
Parkes Radio Telescope has major contributions to the study of quasars, pulsars, molecules in space and discovered a new arm in the Local Galaxy. Traked spacecraft, searces for extraterestrial intelligence, and much more.
- Dish diameter: 64m
- Dish area: 3216m2
- Focal length: 27.4m
- Weight: 1000t
- Max tilt: 60°
- Time for 360° revolution: 15min
- Max wind speed: 35km/h
- Mount: altazimuth
- Pointing Accuracy: 11arcsec
- Surface Accuracy: 1-2mm
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How to get there
There is no public transport available, therefore a private car is the only option.
Phone: +61 2 6861 1777
Open: 8.30 am to 4.15 pm every day except Christmas and Boxing Days
Australia Telescope Outreach and Education