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26th of October 2021
Parkes 60th Anniversary
The Parkes telescope was inaugurated on October 31st, 1961, and in the lead up to its 60th anniversary, we are featuring images from the CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive. While the Dish structure has remained largely unchanged over the years, the front-end receivers and back-end data processing equipment have been through many changes of the six decades. Of the many different receivers the telescope has employed, the most productive has been the 13-beam 20cm multibeam receiver. Built primarily for the HIPASS survey, the receiver was also used for a number of highly successful pulsar surveys, and discovered the first Fast Radio Burst. The image above, taken in 2004 when the receiver package was off the telescope and in the lab for refurbishing, shows the 13 feed horns of the receiver.

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