Category Archives: Telescopes

Orientation of the NRAO 140 Foot Telescope Axis

Question: I was at the NRAO two days ago. Magnificent!  But in walking by the 140′ scope (by “Neptune”) it looked as though there was a mistake in the labeling on the informational sign.  On the diagram that explains how … Continue reading

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How To Make Images With a Radio Telescope

Question: I just started radio telescope observation, and wanted to know how to use a computer to capture actual images or similar with a radio telescope. I am just using an old TV dish with a satellite receiver and LNB, … Continue reading

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Where Can One Acquire Large Amateur Radio Antennas?

Question: I am an amateur radio astronomer, and am wondering how to proceed from just a small TV dish to a larger dish. Where can I purchase/acquire second hand a larger (6 or more feet in diameter) dish for more … Continue reading

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Advanced Deep Space Communications Methods

Question: I am seeking recommendations for learning about advanced deep space communication methods. I visited several libraries and found little about how we presently and are preparing for the future of super fast and high speed communication approaches, including encryption, … Continue reading

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What Can Radio Telescopes Measure?

Question: I have some questions about radio astronomy. If we build a planetary radio telescope, What data can we measure from the received signals other than listening to the noise of S-burst and  L-burst in a project like Radio JOVE?  … Continue reading

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Very Large Array Visitor Statistics

Question: I am currently working on a research project about dark skies for one of my master classes. I would really appreciate some of your time in getting information about the VLA. Does the VLA keep track of the number … Continue reading

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Radio Astronomy Textbook Recommendation

Question: A couple of friends of mine and I are physics students. We have decided to build a radio telescope. I am responsible for data analysis part. What knowledge do I need more than Radio Interferometers, Fourier Transform and  Spectroscopy?  … Continue reading

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Do Home Wireless Routers Interfere with the Telescope Operations at Green Bank WV?

Question: Hi, I just had a general question about small, at home, wireless routers and their interference with satellite signal. I live at Snowshoe, WV, about 25 minutes away from the satellite and observatory in Green Banks, WV. Before buying … Continue reading

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The Green Bank Telescope and the National Radio Quiet Zone

Question:  How does the Green Bank telescope work?  Is it really important for the Green Bank Telescope to be located in the national radio quiet zone for his operation? Why? Which are the most important discoveries through this telescope?  – … Continue reading

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Future Prospects for Radio Telescopes?

Question:  I was wondering if there are any future prospects or developmental plans for radio telescopes and if so what are they?  – Amy Answer: As you can probably imagine, the pace of science discoveries moves rather quickly, and we … Continue reading

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