TV dish antennae as radio telescopes

tvA compact and affordable radio telescope, developed by college students in Kerala state, is expected to provide a ready window for amateurs into the world of radio astronomy.

According to Pranshu Mondal, who led the team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),Thiruvananthapuram, students and amateurs with no ready access to regular radio telescopes will greatly benefit from the instrument made from an ordinary television dish antenna.

Mandal, lead author of a paper on the instrument published last month (February) in, says the improvised radio telescope is sensitive enough to pick up radio signals from Saturn and from the Milky Way galaxy. The paper says it will provide hands-on experience to students and amateurs.

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