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ToSeek
2004-Oct-19, 05:46 PM
Decaying Antenna Farm Hints At Glorious Radioastronomy Past (http://www.spacedaily.com/news/antenna-04s.html)


The Dish is Stanford's most famous antenna. But on the other side of Highway 280, down a dirt road and over a wooden bridge, five smaller dishes languish in obscurity, the remnants of radioastronomy experiments terminated in the '70s. Nonetheless, they've managed to attract some attention - that of the university's fire inspector, David Conrod.
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Demolition of the site's five remaining dish antennas and the building housing the radiotelescope control room has been delayed until June 30, 2005, to give any interested parties a chance to submit proposals for site use.

Ut
2004-Oct-19, 06:32 PM
There are professional grade telescopes out there going unused? There's just so much wrong with that...

ngc3314
2004-Oct-19, 07:26 PM
There are professional grade telescopes out there going unused? There's just so much wrong with that...

Indeed. Although in this case, it may be more like "dish antennae made in 1960 with matching and long-unused drive electronics, no receivers, and decades of disrepair and lack of upkeep"...

Ut
2004-Oct-19, 07:30 PM
But doesn't that just make the experience more fun? You could pretend you were a radio astronomer from the age of Copernicus!

AGN Fuel
2004-Oct-20, 02:01 AM
This is so sad - I remember reading about Ron Bracewell and some of the work he did. There is historical significance in the site, if nothing else. :(

I can think of a few uses for a 60' dish, but the shipping costs to Oz might be a bit prohibitive!