Radio Astronomy

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Lashley, J. : The Radio Sky and How to Observe It

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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Burke, B.F. : An Introduction to Radio Astronomy

This well-established, graduate-level textbook is a thorough and up-to-date introduction to radio telescopes and techniques.

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The Invisible Universe Revealed

Verschuur, Gerrit L. : The Invisible Universe Revealed: The Story of Radio Astronomy

Excellent account of the story of radio astronomy, this well illustrated and very readable book is an excellent introduction to the ideas, discoveries and techniques in this field.

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