2016 Abstract from Ben
Quarknet Radio Telescope: The mechanization to track celestial objects
Ben Hardin (Batavia High School)
Dr. Adam Anderson (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
The purpose of this experiment is to get high school students around the Fermilab area involved in science. The experiment involves building a radio telescope and measuring at the 21cm hydrogen line. The experiment will then be passed on to high schools around the U.S. once the initial team is done with the building and getting everything ready. This will allow others to set up an interferometry of radio telescopes to better observe the Milky Way. This paper reports on the project to motorize the dish so we can track celestial objects, and aim at objects in the sky. Using two linear actuators controlled by a relay connected to a raspberry pi, powered by python code.