A photo blog illustrating the beautiful countryside within a walk or short drive of the town of Leek, Staffordshire. The area covered includes the Peak District National Park, Staffordshire Moorlands, Cannock Chase and South-east Cheshire.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope
Jodrell Bank Lovell Telescope
The radio telescope at Manchester University's Jodrell bank site has stood majestically over the East Cheshire plain for more than 50 years. It's 2050 foot diameter dish is still in use and contributing to our understanding of the universe. When built in 1957, it was the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world (it is now the 3rd largest). It was being re-pointed at a different location in the sky as I took this photo today. For the photographers, its focal length is 22,900mm @ f/0.30! (Panasonic Lumix TZ10)