Sardinia Radio Telescope

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Sardinia Radio Telescope
Innaugurazione SRT.JPG
Location(s) San Basilio, Italy
Coordinates 39°29′35″N 9°14′43″E / 39.493044°N 9.245197°E / 39.493044; 9.245197Coordinates: 39°29′35″N 9°14′43″E / 39.493044°N 9.245197°E / 39.493044; 9.245197
Diameter 64±1 metre
Website www.srt.inaf.it
Commons page Related media on Wikimedia Commons

The Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) is a large, fully steerable radio telescope completed in 2011, near San Basilio, province of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy. It is a collaboration among the Istituto di Radioastronomia di Bologna, the Cagliari Observatory (Cagliari) and the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Florence).

The main technical points are:

  • A 64 meter primary mirror with a 7.9 meter secondary;
  • A Gregorian configuration with shaped surfaces
  • An active surface: Primary mirror adjustable with 1116 actuators;
  • 0.3–115 GHz continuous frequency coverage
  • Three main focal points: Primary, Gregorian, and Beam Wave Guide
  • Primary surface accuracy: ≈150 μm RMS
  • Maximum antenna efficiency: ≈60 %
  • Pointing accuracy (RMS): 2-5 arcsec

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