The procurement team have been focusing on the different equipment available in the amateur radio telescope market gaining insight into the potential costs involved. We have also been looking at private companies that specialise in the equipment that will be needed for the project and identifying potential sponsors.

Build Day 8 – Mounting the Dish

01 October 2016

Mounting the dish on to the pillar and top plate has been the longest anticipated and most significant part of the build. It has also proved to be the most technically and logistically difficult and it should not go unnoticed that there have been many delays and much heated discussion about how to approach this…READ MORE

Build day 7 – completing the dish

29 June 2016

In Build days 5 and 6 the XRT-C team constructed the bulk of dish. Despite an entire weekend’s worth of hard graft the dish was unable to be completed and therefore it became necessary to send a subsequent team to the site to complete the job before the winter closed in for good. On a…READ MORE

Telescope Electronics

09 June 2015

Purchasing the primary components of Radio Telescope was always going to be the easier part of the project. Connecting them and getting them talking together is an all-together trickier task. Quickly it became apparent that we were dealing with different types of wire connectors. Research each of our various components on the source website –…READ MORE

Unpacking the dish

30 April 2015

On March 7th the Dish arrived at Caradon Observatory from RF Hamdesign (in the Netherlands). The team paid a visit to survey the instrument and catch up with Ken, the owner of Caradon. The dish arrived as series of large boxes. Inside we found the kit and components needed to assemble the 4.5m dish. The…READ MORE

PC and software

30 April 2015

We recently took delivery of the telescope PC. The end result is for this PC to be housed in the telescope control room but for the time being it will be set up at the University of Exeter for installation and testing. This is a relatively simple machine as the Spectracyber and dish positioning software…READ MORE

Telescope components have arrived!

30 April 2015

Following months of hard work by procurement and finance teams, the all important components for the telescope are starting to arrive and stack up on the spare desk in my office. Following the arrival and delivery of the dish to Caradon, we took delivery of the support and motor mechanism. These were bought from RF…READ MORE

Dish order imminent

24 January 2015

Following some technical difficulties dealing with university finance (again) we are due to to place the order for the 4.5 m dish from RF Hamdesign. We are ordering 4.5 m prime focus mesh dish kit (F/D = 0.45). Mesh dishes work just as well solid dish telescopes are much cheaper and easier to construct and…READ MORE

Spectracyber receiver ordered

24 January 2015

The XRT-C procurement team have successfully ordered the the Spectracyber 1420 MHz Hydrogen Line Spectrometer/Continuum receiver from Radio Astronomy Supplies. This state of the art receiver observes 1420±2 MHz with a band width of 10KHz which is ideal for observing Neutral Hydrogen and the 21cm emission line. In addition the component comes with a purpose…READ MORE

New components arrive

12 September 2014

Our first components arrived by post. Check out our ZX60-P162LN+ Amplifiers and NBP-1560+ High band pass filter!

Important – Project schedule update

29 April 2014

The XRT-Station project has taken some important steps forward over the last few weeks. The Team leadership have been taking this recent progress as a chance step back and review the progress of the project. Back in November last year we composed a plan for the project. By May we were hoping to have secured…READ MORE

What do you need to build a radio telescope?

10 March 2014

Radio telescopes require numerous components in  order to function properly, the dish and stand just being the start of a long list of electrical and mechanical components needed to make it work. These include, but are not limited to; ​Receivers (to pick up the frequency)​ Filters (get rid of any background noise you don’t want (you usually want one per…READ MORE