• Lovell telescope - weighs 3,200 tonnes
  • Antony Gormley

Jodrell Bank Centre For Astrophysics, near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire UK

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Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester and operates MERLIN, the UK's national radio astronomy facility.

Jodrell Bank is a world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development but also carries out research across the electromagnetic spectrum and in theoretical topics. It was first in the west to track the Russian USSR Luna 1 probe.

While the early warning radars at Fylingdales Moor were being constructed Jodrell Bank was held in a sort of readiness to track Soviet ICBM:s by using the big antenna as a radar. The radar tracking of the Sputnik rocket bodies (and later Sputnik 3 itself) demonstrated that the telescope had the capability to detect missiles at great range and the telescope was given an interim ballistic missile early warning role. Presumably also this effort provided some much needed funding for the telescope.

The Centre occupies three main locations: the world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire (shown here in panorama form, original dimensions 7332x3666pixels), and the Alan Turing and Sackville St Buildings in central Manchester.

The Lovell Telescope has stood proudly over the Cheshire Plain since its completion in 1957 and is the flagship of the Jodrell Bank Observatory. The observatory is a place of learning, teaching and research for the many engineers, astronomers and students who develop and use the radio telescopes here.

This is an infrared shot taken with a 720nm adapted SLR. It is more convenient to use than using a Hoya R72 for IR. This spring day was good for infrared.

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  1. Martin Davey 74 months ago | reply

    Super work I'm liking these! :)

  2. scou5e 74 months ago | reply

    Great use of the IR Tony ....nice shot my friend

  3. ihughes22 74 months ago | reply

    Excellent work...Beautifully done

  4. Wim Koopman 74 months ago | reply

    fantastic and beautiful work...
    wonderful processing...
    well done

  5. Porgyfish 74 months ago | reply

    Cool and surreal - nice

  6. beyondhue 74 months ago | reply

    Nicely done night shot.

  7. bbusschots 74 months ago | reply

    Super shot - this strongly panoramic aspect ratio works superbly well, and the otherworldly-look of the processing is just perfect for a giant telescope!


  8. bacupmick 74 months ago | reply

    Superb work asalways

  9. Andrew Roos 74 months ago | reply

    Lovely image. I don't thin I've seen an IR pano before! Love the way the drop-off in sky illumination behind the dish enhances the contrast.

  10. Galway Pete 74 months ago | reply

    Great image and info Tony.

  11. Landysteve75 74 months ago | reply

    I really like this well done and thanks foe sharing. Lighting and composition are fantastic

  12. FreddieBernard 74 months ago | reply

    Superb view of the telescope, Tone! The trees are so full and I love the IR effect on them!

  13. Jeremy Lindop 74 months ago | reply

    Great idea to photograph Jodrell Bank in non-visible wavelengths of light. Awesome pic, dude!

  14. ~~J 74 months ago | reply

    Silent no more!! Once in awhile my life gets crazy and I get distracted... sorry!
    I love this image of the astronomy area of England. Last time I saw something like this was in Hawaii!
    Thanks for sharing the information. Have a good weekend.

  15. Lake Crimson 74 months ago | reply

    I am told by the chaps that work there that everyso often they used to have to exit the control room while secret gvt agencies came in and borrowed the Lovell telescope for nefarious secret reasons... (They think Cuba was involved!) The control desk is still very 1950s - looks like something you'd see in Thunderbirds! Lovely joiner. Atmospheric shot of a Cheshire landmark of which I am very fond.

  16. Mr Redd [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

    Brilliantly done Tony, love the pano crop and the redd tones at the edges of the shot - masterful piece of color IR work :-)

  17. Yodatheoak 74 months ago | reply

    stunning Image love the IR

  18. Claire Heath :) 68 months ago | reply

    This is a fav for me, a trip down memory lane. My childhood was spent around this area & my family still live locally to Jodrell Bank. This is a very special place for me. Learnt to drive around those lovely country lanes, but never got lost because you'd just look for Lovell. Jod-on! Keep up the great work & podcast. Thanks from Australia

  19. otty flyer 67 months ago | reply

    Brilliant work my friend.
    Thank you for the time you took to comment on my ps.

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