Warkworth Radio Telescope

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Warkworth 12m Radio Telescope
Warkworth Radio Telescope.jpg
Observatory Warkworth Radio Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s) Auckland, New Zealand Edit this at Wikidata
Telescope style radio telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter 12.1 m (39 ft 8 in)
Secondary diameter 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)

The Warkworth 12m Radio Telescope[1] at the Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory is operated by the Institute of Radio Astronomy and Space Research of Auckland University of Technology. It was constructed in 2008[2][3][4] and is located just south of Warkworth off SH1 about 50 km north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Technical information[edit]

12m diameter antenna designed and constructed by COBHAM Satcom, Patriot Products division.

Antenna type        :  Fully steerable dual shaped Cassegrain
Main dish Diam      :  12.1 m
Secondary Refl Diam : 1.8m
Focal Length        : 4.538 m
Surface precision   :  0.35 mm (RMS)
Pointing accuracy   : 18"
Wavelength          : L-Band, S-Band and X-Band
Mount               : alt-azimuth
Slewing rates       : (5 deg/s in azimuth and 1.25 deg/s in elevation)
Acceleration        : (1.3 deg/s/s)

Dual polarization S and X-band feeds from COBHAM with room temperature receivers, the receiver systems cover 2.2 to 2.4 GHz at S-band and 8.1 to 9.1 GHz at X-band.

Research activity[edit]

In 2010 this dish was used for several Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations[5][6] as part of the Australian Long Baseline Array.[7]

It will also from 2011 be part of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry.[8] As such, it is also co-located with a LINZ/GeoNet 'PositioNZ' GNSS [9] station to help future inclusion in the definition of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gulyaev, S., Natusch, T., "Introducing the AUT 12m Radio Telescope". Southern Stars, 47 (1), 2008.
  2. ^ Gulyaev, S., Natusch, T., "New Zealand 12-m VLBI Station for Geodesy and Astronomy". IVS 2008 Annual Report, 2008.
  3. ^ D., Dickey, 9th October 2008, Rodney Times,p.11, A first for NZ, New Zealand's first professional radio telescope was officially opened yesterday at Satellite Station Rd in Warkworth.
  4. ^ D., Dickey, 16th October 2008,p.5, Rodney Times, Science fiction becomes reality, The Telecom satellite station south of Warkworth held the official opening of the new radio telescope on October 8.
  5. ^ Tzioumis et al, Evolution of the pc-scale structure of PKS 1934-638 revisited: first science with the ASKAP and New Zealand telescopes, The Astronomical Journal 140 (2010) 1506-1510
  6. ^ Leonid Petrov; Chris Phillips; Tasso Tzioumis; Bruce Stansby; Cormac Reynolds; Hayley Bignall; Sergei Gulyaev; Tim Natusch; Neville Palmer (2010). "First geodetic observations using new VLBI stations ASKAP-29 and WARK12M". arXiv:1012.4243Freely accessible [astro-ph.IM]. 
  7. ^ "VLBI and the Australian Long Baseline Array". 
  8. ^ "International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS)". 
  9. ^ "PositioNZ". 

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