SPIDER 300A installed in University of Lincoln (UK)
PrimaLuceLab Team completed the installation of a new SPIDER 300A, the 3 meter diameter compact radio telescope for 1420 MHz radio astronomy, in University of Lincoln (UK)!
The installation location choose by the customer is the top of the roof of one of the university buildings where a high load capacity metallic base is present. Here, by adding a special metal plate, we initially fixed the large pier of the SPIDER 300A radio telescope.
By using an appropriate lifting machine, the WP-100 mount head has been installed on top of the pier. A proper fixing system allow a perfect connection between the mount head and the pier.
The provided counterweight system allows a better balance of the 3 meter antenna that will be installed later. Latest version of the WP-100 mount offer a new design with all the cables running inside of the mount head and they run through the center of the pier in order to avoid any cable problem.
The 3 meter diameter antenna has been delivered to the customer and it is pre-assembled. This way PrimaLuceLab Installation Team is able to assemble it in a short time and connect the H-FEED optimised for 1420 MHz frequency in the antenna prime focus.
Since the 3 meter antenna is lightweight, it can be easily lifted on top of the mount where it can be connected to the mount head thanks to a connection plate that has been properly designed for a secure connection.
Next the PrimaLuceLab Installation Team prepared all the cables that connect the antenna outside to the control room where the receiver will be installed. Cables arrives to the upper part of the antenna, there there is the 1420 MHz optimised H-FEED, the LNA units and the NSGen noise generator.
In the control room, near the radio telescope antenna, we installed the H142-One radio astronomy receiver together with the RCPU-100 antenna control unit and the Ultrasonic Window Sensor controller that automatically parks the radio telescope when the wind exceed the maximum operational wind speed (50 km/h).
The radio telescope at University of Lincoln is ready for the first light and the Installation Service will be followed by a training session performed by our operators with remote control from Italy!