[MLB-WIRELESS] On the scrounge for a 3m - 5m dish for radio astronomy
chris at csamuel.org
Sat Oct 25 10:08:03 EST 2014
Hi folks, long time lurker,
Not directly wifi related, but I was hoping some folks here might be able to
help out with this odd request.
I'm involved with the Mount Burnett Observatory based (unsurprisingly) at
Mount Burnett on the outer south-eastern fringe of Melbourne. There was a
discussion last night with a radio astronomer from Swinburne after his talk
about the MOST telescope on the possibilities for doing useful science with a
small radio telescope at MBO, but the obvious prerequisite for this would be a
So I wondered if anyone had any ideas for sourcing a free/cheap 3m to 5m dish
that would be suitable for being steerable (I believe mesh is fine) ?
The observatory has limited funds (we only charge $50 a year for membership to
keep it accessible, and a lot of that has to go on the maintenance of the site
- it's the old Monash Uni observatory built in the early 70's) hence being on
the scrounge for this. :-)
 - you could argue radio astronomy has made contributions to wifi.. :-)
 - http://mtburnettobservatory.org/
All the best!
Chris Samuel : http://www.csamuel.org/ : Melbourne, VIC
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