Nikola Posted July 3, 2016 Share Posted July 3, 2016 (edited) I have been interested in radio astronomy for a long time due to the climate where I am. It is cloudy most of the time and a nice clear night is a rarity, and even then light pollution can get in the way of truly spectacular results from my optical telescopes. I have a 1.8 meter satellite dish, specifically a General Dynamics series 1184 dish without any of the supporting brackets, mount, or electronics. I was able to track down some very thorough documentation on this reflector and it appears to be able to operate in the Ku band from 10.95-12.75 GHz as well as the C band from 3.625-4.2 GHz. It is also receive/transmit. It has been sitting outside for a while but I have reason to believe it is in good condition, and the documentation says it is virtually impervious to the environment because it is made of pretty beefy fiberglass. http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/attachments/1184-rxtx-pdf.57878/ I want to turn this into a radio telescope, hopefully something that can observe radio sources other than the sun. How should I get started on this? Fabricating new brackets for an LNB would be easy, but im not sure what sort of LNB I should get or how to connect one to a computer. I also have some ideas for a mount which would allow it to track objects, but for now its going to be on a stationary mount which I will make. Edited July 3, 2016 by Nikola Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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