Haystack Observatory has developed a small radio telescope (SRT) capable of continuum and spectral line observations in the L-band (1.42 GHz). This inexpensive radio astronomy kit provides everything needed to introduce students and amateur astronomers to the field of radio astronomy. The Tufts SRT is located on the roof of the Science & Technology Center at 4 Colby Street.
Use as a teaching tool:
The SRT was used in Astronomy 16 (Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics) in the spring of 2012 for a term project to measure the Milky Way’s rotation curve.
The Tufts SRT model is a 7.5foot dish mounted on an H180 mount, which has 180 degrees of mobility in both azimuth and elevation. It can be run both locally and remotely, from either the Linux computer attached directly to the srt-controller box or from the virtual machine on the tufts ASE Linux server via remote serial port software. The SRT has an analog L-band receiver with a frequency range from 1370 to 1800MHz.