C-BASS South Commissioning

A blog following the commissioning of a radio telescope called CBASS South, the southern hemisphere part of the C-Band All Sky Survey at 5 GHz. Follow us as we finish testing in Oxford then get the receiver working and attached to the dish at Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, near Johannesburg South Africa.

01 March 2013

8th February 2013 - Shipping crates arrive

Our shipping crates arrived today. Not long until we ship, which means we really need to finish testing everything and make sure that we've made a list of everything that needs to go.

It's also been really time-consuming over the past week or so making sure that we get all our paperwork in order ready for importing the equipment into South Africa.

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01 March 2013

6th February 2013 - Gluing the foam cone

It's time to do one of the stranger jobs on C-BASS today, and that involves us wearing white lab coats like proper scientists. We have to glue together a large block of foam (zotefoam) on top of which we will glue the C-BASS secondary mirror.

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01 March 2013

31st January 2013 - Final Testing in Oxford

Only a week or two to go before we want to ship the CBASS-S receiver out to South Africa and time for some final testing to check that all is well.

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01 March 2013

31st January 2013 - Introduction

Welcome to our blog! For the past year we've been building a new radio telescope receiver to form part of a new radio telescope in South Africa. All the building so far has been done in our labs in Oxford, but in the next few weeks we'll be ready to take it out to its new home at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, near Johannesburg in South Africa. We thought it might be interesting to write a blog about what we are up to - so here we go.

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