Stockert Radio Telescope

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Stockert Radio Telescope
Astropeiler Juli 2013.jpg
Radio telescope on the Stockert hill
Location Bad Münstereifel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Coordinates 50°34.2′N 6°43.4′E / 50.5700°N 6.7233°E / 50.5700; 6.7233Coordinates: 50°34.2′N 6°43.4′E / 50.5700°N 6.7233°E / 50.5700; 6.7233
Altitude 435 m
Established 1956
Closed 1995, re-opened 2010
25 metre telescope parabolic reflector, 25 m aperture

The Stockert Radio Telescope is a historical radio telescope on the Stockert in Germany.

Radio telescope[edit]

Germany's first radio telescope, with a diameter of 25 m, was inaugurated on 17 September 1956 on the Stockert. Until 1995 – since 1979 only for student training – it was used by the University of Bonn and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Between 1997 and 2004, the telescope was owned by the digital audio company Creamware and used for inspirational purposes and as a location for their musical festivals called Woodstockert. In 1999 the installation was listed for its industrial heritage, and since 2005 it is owned by the Nordrhein-Westfalen-Stiftung (NRW-Stiftung), which in 2006 made available €300,000 for restoration.[1] The site is used and taken care of by the Astropeiler Stockert e.V., which has updated the technology and has opened the site to the public.
Astronomical observations have been resumed in 2011, primarily for educational purposes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Press release by the NRW-Stiftung. Retrieved 2009-09-21.

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