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Old 09-10-2015, 11:16 AM
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Parkes Telescope photography

Hi all.

My wife and I are planning a trip to the central west in November and have decide to add Parkes to our itinerary. I would like to take some photos of the dish in early evening or night but of course that is not allowed. Does anyone know of any areas outside the property where good night images can be taken? I have good telephoto lenses so that would help if I could find a good spot.

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Old 09-10-2015, 11:38 AM
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I have taken night photos from their grounds. After the visitor centre has closed the grounds and toilets were left open all night when I was there. May pay to give them a call in case they have changed it.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:26 PM
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Also worth a try is the valley as you roll into Parkes on the highway. It is at a distance but could make a good photo with decent camera gear. This one taken in 2010 as I pedaled through the region, the dish is middle on left. Camera was a humble Ixus.

Once you get in the facility it is a photographers delight. Well worthwhile.
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Thanks. Haze could be a problem in that spot, I'll give it a go.
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I was there mid last year and it was a last minute idea on our way back from Griffith. We got there near sunset and visitor centre was closed but we could still go around and take photos.
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Old 14-10-2015, 06:57 AM
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I was there mid last year and it was a last minute idea on our way back from Griffith. We got there near sunset and visitor centre was closed but we could still go around and take photos.
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Old 14-10-2015, 09:58 AM
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Yes, you can get all the way up to the fence, which is close enough to require a super-wide or fish-eye lens to frame the whole thing.
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Yes, you can get all the way up to the fence.
How high is the fence?
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It's a low chain wire fence approx 1.2M. You can set up a tripod next to it and camera will be higher than the fence.
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