When it was opened in 1961, the Parkes dish was described as being 210 feet in diameter.
With the adoption of the metric system in Australia, the dish is now
charcterised as being 64 metres in diameter.
Either way, the use of a wide angle camera lens in
this image from CSIRO's scienceimage archive makes the telescope look truly imposing!
Parkes will be visited today by the CASS Executive, who will be
holding an extended version of their regular fortnightly meeting at the Observatory.
(Image credit: David McClenaghan)