15. April 2009: Effelsberg Radio Observatory, 100 m Telescope

Knut Bratfisch

During my Easter-holydays in the Eifel, I had a short visit at the 100 m Telescope of the Effelsberg Radio Observatory. It is one of the two largest movable radio telescopes in the world. The antenna has a diameter of 100 m. The attached images can give only a small impression of the dimensions of the monstrous device.

Detailed information about the observatory can be found on the
official website

flying saucer has landed ...

the telescope in horizontal position for maintenance

with inclined antenna (observation mode)

inclining mechanism

observatory building

horizontal rotation mechanism

view from parking area

Good bye!