Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Troy Riedel, who writes:
You know my amateur astronomy background. And With the building interest in next month’s Solar Eclipse – and your recent posting from Sky&Telescope re: “How to watch the solar eclipse with your AM radio” – I thought this might be of interest if you haven’t see it yet.
Introducing: “The Itty Bitty Radio Telescope”
Background is here:
Here’s a guide written for teachers as a class project:
Here’s a guide for building one yourself:
And here’s a pre-assembled kit off eBay:
Thank you for sharing this, Troy! I’m amazed at how affordable simple radio telescopes have become. In the 1990s, I was absolutely fascinated with the SETI League’s Project Argus and had planned to build a telescope, but the parts (including an Icom IC-7000) easily totaled over $1,000 at the time–too much for a college student! I imagine a proper Project Argus scope can be built for less than $300 today. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider!
Thanks again, Troy!