Radio Astronomy! The Itty Bitty Radio Telescope Kit IS HERE! - IBT

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This Radio Telescope comes complete with Radio-SkyPipe II Software.  On the CD it has instruction on how to make more IBT's also an Entire Lesson plan for teachers to show you how to get the most out of your new IBT!

Hook up to the computer and use the SkyPipe Software in order to hear galactic noises from the Sun!
The Itty Bitty Telescope (IBT):  Tips for building and using a simple radio telescope
FAST Facts about the IBT:
1. This is a 12,000 MHz radio telescope. 
2. It can detect frequencies in the range of 12,200 to 12,700 MHz. 
3. It is not a radio telescope system that can be used for serious sky surveys. 
4. It can detect the sun. 
5. It can detect  blackbody radiation such as 300K  trees, buildings, people, when viewed against blank sky.
6. You must use it outside, or through a large window. 
NOTE: the IBT astronomically is for detecting the Sun only.  It will, however, also detect trees, buildings and people.
The "Itty Bitty Telescope" was fashioned after the Little Bitty Telescope described at This website also provides some experiments that can be performed on the "Little Bitty Telescope."


Kit comes with everything you need to build your own working Radio Telescope:
  • Complete Instructional CD*
  • 1 - DirectTV 18-inch satellite dish with LNB and mount
  • 1 - Signal Cat Satellite Finder
  • 12" x 12" 3/4" plywood board for base
  • Lazy Susan Type platform
  • 8 -1 1/4" sheet metal or wood screws
  • 4' coax cable
  • 2' coax cable
  • 1 - 8 AA battery holder
  • 1 - 9-volt battery clip
  • 20 dB in line amplifier
  • 3.5mm mini plug cable for laptop or speaker connectivity
*Contents of the instructional CD includes the following:
Radio SkyPipe II Software
Procedure for Making the IBT
Full Teacher's Lesson Plan entitled: "IBT- What is It and What Can it Do?"

Tools Needed:
  • 7/16 socket wrench
  • Screw drivers, both Phillips and straight
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire striper or knife


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