Introduction. Technical progress is bringing the construction of highly sensitive radiotelescopes within the reach of private individuals. Amateur radioastronomers need no longer be limited to making observations of the Sun, Milky Way and the four strongest discrete radio sources. Components, which only a few years ago could be found only in large research facilities, can now be bought over-the-counter. However, building the large antennas and sensitive receivers, and the signal processing needed for some of the more ambitious projects, such as detecting quasars and other faint radio sources, may require the resources of a group. In this paper we summarize the planning and construction of the R. A. S. C. Ottawa Centre's "Indian River Observatory Radio Interferometer". We do not intend it to be a design description, but more an account of the way this project was carried out.
DSES Science Lead Rich Russel made this online presentation at the Colorado Springs 2020 Cool Science Festival. The presentation covers the science of radio astronomy and the accomplishments of the Deep Space Exploration Society. The presentation was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube. You can watch it here:
Jocelyn Bell Burnell in Conversation at the 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival =DCPereT6XxU: Jocelyn Bell Burnell was the discoverer of Pulsars. She made the discovery while she was a young graduate student at Cambridge in the 1960s. In this interview she talks about how that work was done, and also what it was like to become a radio astronomer as a young woman then. Like us, she learned radio astronomy from the ground up. 2b1af7f3a8