Conical refraction was produced by a transparent biaxial crystal of KGd(WO4)2 illuminated by a laser beam. The ring patterns at different distances from the crystal were magnified and projected onto a screen, giving rings whose diameter was 265mm. Comparison with theory revealed all predicted geometrical and diffraction features: close to the crystal, there are two bright rings of internal conical refraction, separated by the Poggendorff dark ring; secondary diffraction rings decorate the inner bright ring; as the distance from the crystal increases, the inner bright ring condenses onto an axial spot surrounded by diffraction rings. The scales of these features were measured and agreed well with paraxial theory; this involves a single dimensionless parameter ρ0, defined as the radius of the rings emerging from the crystal divided by the width of the incident beam. The different features emerge clearly in the asymptotic limit ρ0≫1; in these experiments, ρ0=60.