SPIDER 230C compact radio telescope, kit without mount
SPIDER 230C is the compact radio telescope that combines radio with amateur astronomy technologies that will allow you discover the world of radio astronomy with a powerful, modular and easy-to-use product! We developed this radio telescope to allow everyone to approach this fascinating science with an affordable, turn-key, high-performance instrument.
Thanks to our patented technology, SPIDER 230C lets you use an equatorial mount (not included in this kit, must be added separately) with at least 50 Kg payload capacity, by creating a compact radio telescope for 1420 MHz radio astronomy!
SPIDER 230C 2.3 meter diameter compact radio telescope (kit without mount) - main features:
- SPIDER 230C 2.3 meter radio telescope: it allows the use of an EQ mount to create a compact radio telescope!
- WEB230-5 2.3 meter diameter prime focus antenna with special designed front and rear supports: it comes with 1420 MHz optimised feed and 2 LNAs for LHCP and RHCP circular polarisation.
- Equatorial mounts support device allows to use the parabolic antenna on an equatorial mount.
- Mount with tripod is not included in the “SPIDER 230C kit without mount” and must be added separately in order to use the radio telescope.
- H142-One 1420 MHz radio astronomy receiver, 50 MHz instantaneous bandwidth radiometer and 1024 channels spectrometer to be installed in the control room on a standard 19″ rack or on a table.
- RadioUniversePRO control and acquisition software for Windows 10/11, designed to control all devices of SPIDER radio telescope and to collect radio astronomy data.
The SPIDER 230C compact radio telescope uses the WEB230-5 antenna, a mesh 2.3-meter diameter parabolic antenna designed to offer a larger diameter with lower overall weight. The 230C weighs much less than a normal 1.5 meter diameter full-surface model, offering better resolution capacity due to its greater diameter while maintaining a lower sensitivity to wind due to the perforated surface of the antenna. The reflecting surface of this antenna (the primary reflector) is composed of an aluminum mesh with 3×4 mm holes for optimum reflectivity of radio waves with frequencies up to 5 GHz.