CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive

About the archive

Welcome to the CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive

The CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive holds a collection of over 15,000 images that relate to the early history of radio astronomy in Australia. These images were taken between 1943 and 1996, by professional photographers at the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics and the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility. The original images were taken as negatives, photographs and slides.They have been scanned at high resolution to produce TIFF files. The digital collection is maintained by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. The scanned images include people, telescopes, events, observatory sites, engineering and other technical work and science results. The archive also holds approximately 6,000 images taken in later years, and a small number of scanned documents.

Low resolution versions of the scanned images are provided on this website through an interactive application described below. These are made freely available.

High resolution images and image credits

High resolution digitial files for images in this archive  are held by  CSIRO  Astronomy and Space Science. These can be made available for appropriate publications, media and other use, subject to CSIRO approval. For further information and to request high resolution image files, please contact ImageArchive[at]atnf.csiro.au.

Please add a credit line 'Image Credit: CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive' when using high resolution images in any way. Any copyright or other restrictions will be advised when high resolution image files are provided.

Getting started

The application has been developed using FileMaker Pro database server and software. The application includes powerful tools for finding images of interest. Here are some brief notes to help you get started.

Connect to the archive

  • Go to the the Archive Application. This will open a new tab or window in your browser, depending on your browser settings.
  • Enter the Account Name as 'craia' and the Password as 'craia'. You should now have access to the application and the image archive.

The browser will initally display a screen with one image and associated information (metadata). The application can now be used to find sets of images of particular interest and these can be sorted and downloaded. Reports about the images can be generated and printed.

Find, sort, download or print images

Step through records

  • Click on the '>' and '<' signs that appear at the top of the screen. 

Find a set of images using search criteria

  • Click on the magnifying glass symbol at the top of the screen.
  • Select the option for 'Enter Find Mode'.
  • Enter some criteria. For example you could set Year = '1946' and the Site where image was taken = 'Dover Heights'.
  • Click on the 'Perform' button to run the search

The number of images currently included as a 'set' is shown near a small circle that can be seen at the top of the screen. For example 'Found 8/21897' means that the archive holds 21897 in total. Of these eight are included in the selected set.

Sort images

  • Click on the 'A-Z' button at top of the screen
  • Select one or more fields for sorting
  • Select sort

Print records

To print a record use the browser printer functions as normal. Files are printed as pdf.

Download image

To download a low resolution image, right click on the image and select 'Export Field Contents'.

Close the archive application

CSIRO has a limited number of licences for use of this website. To make this available to others, please close the application by exiting from the browser.

Help

For high resolution images, help and/or to send any feedback on the archive please contact ImageArchive[at]atnf.csiro.au.

Information about the images is always welcome. To refer to a specific image please include the filename for the image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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