One of the myriad reasons that we opted to build the telescope at Caradon observatory was the possibility of coordinating with the optical telescopes on site and producing simultaneous data in both the visible and radio. Although 21cm emission itself is not effected by the skyglow of nearby civilisation, the optical observatories on the site are. This is why the astounding dark skies offered by the area are a major bonus of location.

Michael Bennett from Caradon observatory has been out with a tripod and a 14mm lens and captured some shots that really showcase the beautiful stellar vistas offered by the Bodmin moor area of Cornwall, often featuring our rather photogenic dish. You can see some of these photos below.

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Credit: Michael Bennett

 

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Credit: Michael Bennett

 

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Credit: Michael Bennett

 

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Credit: Michael Bennett

 

Many thanks to Michael for sending these astounding photos my way. To find these and more, check out his Flickr page here.