Infrared and Radio Wavelengths

The equipment required to do radio astronomy is basically; a radio wavelengths receiver, an antenna, plus some software. My radio telescope consists of a Yagi antenna, centered on 1.2GHz, and uses a Kenwood TS-2000X.

The equipment required to do Infrared astronomy is basically; a highly color corrected optical telescope, a sensor capable of reaching the near-infrared, and some software. I will be using the Orion StarShoot Autoguider capable of reaching to 1-Micron.

The main instrument on the iOptron mount is an 80mm F7 Apochromat refractor.The radio antenna system replaces the counter-weight on the mount. PhD2 software will monitor the brightness of the target while Radio-SkyPipe monitors the radio receiver signal.


Monitor Jupiter for increased radio and infrared emission.

Infrared emission increase can happen with either a comet or asteroid impact on Jupiter, however, radio emission increase will only occur with a comet impact with matter sent into the Jovian magnetosphere. There is a correlation between comets causing this but not asteroids, so cometary impacts can be monitored with the radio, while the infrared observations monitor for asteroid impacts, but both infrared and radio simultaneously to distinguish between the two.