The Radio Sky and How to Observe It

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Springer, Nov 19, 2010 - Science - 236 pages
Radio astronomy is far from being beyond the scope of amateurs astronomers, and this practical, self-contained guide for the newcomer to practical radio astronomey is an ideal introduction. This guide is a must for anyone who wants to join the growing ranks of 21st Century backyard radio astronomers. The first part of the book provides background material and explains (in a non-mathematical way) our present knowledge of the stronger radio sources – those observable by amateurs – including the Sun, Jupiter, Meteors, Galactic and extra-galactic sources. The second part of the book deals not only with observing, but – assuming no prior technical knowledge of electronics or radio theory – takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building and using a backyard radio telescope. There are complete, detailed plans and construction information for a number of amateur radio telescopes, the simplest of which can be put together and working – using only simple tools – in a weekend. For other instruments, there are full details of circuit-board layouts, components to use and (vitally important in radio astronomy) how to construct antennae for radio astronomy.
 

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Contents

The Radio Sun
1
Jupiter
15
Meteors and Meteor Streams
27
Beyond the Solar System
57
Antennae
71
Setting Up a Radio Astronomy Station
99
Radio Hardware Theory
103
Introduction to RF Electronics
113
Building a Very Low Frequency Solar Flare Monitor
145
Microwave Radio Telescope Projects
155
Building a Jupiter Radio Telescope
171
Building a Broad Band Solar Radio Telescope
181
Data Logging and Data Processing
199
Appendix A Formulae in Radio Astronomy
213
Bibliography
219
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Jeff Lashley is a technical support engineer at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK. He has written regularly for Sunderland and Dundee newspapers. His most recent article on Radio Astronomy was published in the Radio Society of Great Britain magazine Radcom, in January 2007.

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