Pulsars and neutron stars/Telescopes involved in pulsar research
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Radio telescopes[edit | edit source]
Observatory setup[edit | edit source]
In this section we describe the Parkes observatory in detail.
Receivers[edit | edit source]
Backend instruments[edit | edit source]
Observatory time standard[edit | edit source]
The maser system at Parkes does not produce a signal such as a 1 second tick. Instead it produces an accurate 5 MHz waveform. This waveform is read by the clock system (known as the Australia Telescope Distributed Clock, ATDC). The actual day, month and year of that clock are set manually when the clock is started and continually updated with IERSA data.