With a diameter of 64 metres, Parkes is one of the largest single-dish telescopes in the southern hemisphere dedicated to astronomy. It started operating in 1961, but only its basic structure has remained unchanged. The surface, control system, focus cabin, receivers, computers and cabling have all been upgraded – some parts many times – to keep the telescope at the cutting edge of radio astronomy. The telescope is now 10 000 times more sensitive than when it was commissioned
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/2621/"><img src="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_PA2621.jpg" width="300" alt="CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/2621/">CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope