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Dec 08, 2015 18:19 |  #1

The Very Large Array is located about 2.5 hours south of Albuquerque, 50 miles west of Socorro.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:20 |  #2

The VLA is a large astronomical radio observatory.


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Sunset at the VLA.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:22 |  #4

The complex consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:23 |  #5

Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:24 |  #6

Each antenna weighs 209 metric tons (230 Short tons).


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Dec 08, 2015 18:25 |  #7

The data from the antennas is combined to give the resolution of an antenna 36 km (22 miles) across, with the sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:26 |  #8

It's a pretty cool place to visit if you get a chance.


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Dec 08, 2015 18:34 |  #9

Very cool shots. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.


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M_Six wrote in post #17812070 (external link)
Very cool shots. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you. It's a great place to visit.




  
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Dec 08, 2015 20:00 |  #11

Did you have to get special permission to take these photos at night?
I've visited briefly while passing by and was able to walk around a couple of the dishes but most areas were off limits.

Great shots BTW.


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Dec 08, 2015 20:58 |  #12

SiriusDoggy wrote in post #17812145 (external link)
Did you have to get special permission to take these photos at night?
I've visited briefly while passing by and was able to walk around a couple of the dishes but most areas were off limits.

Great shots BTW.

Yes, the VLA has been officially open for night photography sessions 4 times in the past two years. During the Festival of Cranes at Bosque del Apache (usually the 3rd week in November each year), they have had 2 night photography sessions in 2014 and two sessions in 2015. If I go again, I will take a wider lens for sure. These night photos were taken with my EF 16-35mmm f/2.8 L USM, but next year, I'm bringing my EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM and my EF 8-15mm f/4 L to get a wider view. Plus the 11-24 is much sharper than the 16-35. The moon was about 60% full, so it illuminated the antennas very well.




  
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Dec 08, 2015 20:59 |  #13

Very good shots of the complex, really love the ones in the evening with the stars,. makes it all look right at home!


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Dec 08, 2015 21:07 |  #14

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #17812181 (external link)
Very good shots of the complex, really love the ones in the evening with the stars,. makes it all look right at home!

Thank you. It's a very special place once you get there and see the immense size of the complex.




  
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Dec 09, 2015 08:41 |  #15

All very nice , especially the night time ones .




  
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