Effelsberg Telescope

Effelsberg Telescope

(ef -ĕlz-berg) (Bonn Telescope) One of the world's largest fully steerable radio telescopes, built in 1972 in Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg 40 km from Bonn, Germany, and operated by the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIR). The dish has a diameter of 100 meters and weighs 3200 tonnes. It was resurfaced in 1986 to an accuracy of 0.5 mm and can be used at frequencies up to 50 GHz. About 30% of the observing time on the telescope is assigned to VLBI observations.
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The Effelsberg telescope, with its wide field of view, showed the full extent of IC 342, which, if not partially obscured to visible-light observing by dust clouds within our own Milky Way Galaxy, would appear as large as the full moon in the sky.
The Effelsberg telescope is used to observe pulsars, cold gas and dust clusters, star formations, jets of matter emitted by black holes, and the nuclei of far-off galaxies.
2] and with 1500 individual panels, the portion of the dish that needs to be coated is immense," says Klaus Bruns from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, who is responsible for the technical maintenance of the Effelsberg telescope.