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One of the main goals of Open Source Radio Telescopes is to provide resources and documentation to students, teachers, and hobbyists who are interested in building radio telescope projects. Here is a list of projects that OSRT members have created instructions and documentation for:
This simple loop antenna is a great beginner’s project to learn about electronics as well as astronomy. It may be used to monitor Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) events caused by solar activity. Here is a page dedicated to the Small Loop Antenna:
Horn antennas are also great introductory radio astronomy projects. This type of antenna is capable of detecting Neutral Hydrogen emissions from the Milky Way! Several versions of the horn antenna design have been developed and tested by OSRT members and Research Experience for Teachers participants. Here are some links to blog posts about two of the horn antenna designs (“Alexander” and “Bessie”) developed so far:
The Itty Bitty Radio Telescope is probably the simplest and quickest telescope to build. It can be used to detect blackbody radiators like the Sun and the human body. To learn more about the IBT, check out this webpage!