Mills Cross Radio Telescope - NSW

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DEG: -35.36948 149.42392
DMS: 35º 22' 10.13" S 149º 25' 26.11" E
UTM: 55 H 6083285mN 720210mE
Altitude: 735.7m


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470 Briars Sharrow Rd
Hoskinstown NSW 2621
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From Wikipaedia:
The first Mills Cross Telescope was a two-dimensional radio telescope built by Australian astronomer Bernard Mills in 1954 at the Fleurs field station of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in the area known now as Badgerys Creek, about 40 km west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Each arm of the cross was 1500 feet (450 m) long, running N–S and E–W, and produced a fan beam in the sky. Mills said it "consists of two rows of 250 half-wave dipole elements backed by a plane wire mesh reflector; the individual dipoles are aligned in an E-W direction." The cross operated at a frequency of 85.5 MHz (3.5m wavelength), giving a 49 arcminute beam.

The Fleurs site, now encompassed by the construction of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, was shut down in 1991 with its large facilities being dismantled and some smaller parts relocated to the Parkes facility.

The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST) at this location is a Mills Cross radio telescope operating at 843 MHz. It is operated by the School of Physics of the University of Sydney. The telescope is located in Hoskinstown, near the Molonglo River and Canberra, and was constructed by modification of the east–west arm of the former Molonglo Cross Telescope, a larger version of the Mills Cross Telescope.

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Canberra at 01/08:30pm EDT
Distance from Mills Cross Radio Telescope 21.36km W
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Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) Aws
Distance from Mills Cross Radio Telescope 30.4km W
Mean Max. °C29.628.
Mean Min. °C14.314.311.
Mean Rain mm50.773.751.727.822.148.641.349.060.557.074.369.2

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