Whenever I get to travel somewhere I try and make the effort to visit astronomical observatories in the region. Below are a selection of both optical and radio telescopes I have visited and photographed.
The Very Large Array in New Mexico
I have visited this observatory once in 2009 and again in 2011 after the completion of a 10 year long upgrade. It is located at about 7000 feet in the San Agustin Plains, about 50 miles west of Socorro
The observatory consists of 27 antennas, each one is 85 feet in diameter and weighs 209 tons. They are arranged in a Y-
here is a link to the VLA website
Yerkes Optical Observatory -
I visited this observatory in 2010 knowing very little about its history and I was astonished to learn it has the worlds largest refracting telescope used for scientific research. It is operated by the University of Chicago and located in Williams Bay near the shore of lake Geneva in Wisconsin. The 40 inch telescope was exhibited at the 1893 "Worlds Columbian Exposition" in Chicago before being installed at the observatory which itself was founded in 1897 by George Ellery Hale. Over the last 10 years there has been much controversy with plans to sell the observatory and surrounding land to a property developer wishing to build luxury homes.
here is a link to the Yerkes website
Kitt Peak -
Here is a link to the Kitt Peak website
Jodrell Bank -
Jodrell Bank also plays host to the BBC2 program Stargazing Live that has run successfully first in 2011 and again in January 2012.