SPEAKERS

2.40pm Saturday 3rd February 2024

Dr Andrew Thornett is a family doctor in north Birmingham, UK. He is a passionate amateur astronomer, being a member of Rosliston Astronomy Group in Derbyshire, the Astronomical Society of Penang, Malaysia; the British Astronomical Association’s Radio Astronomy Group; and the American Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. He has been surprised by the wide variety of radio astronomy projects that are possible for the amateur, and modern equipment means that extensive knowledge of the area is not required to get started. He is very keen to help others get started and find the support they need to enjoy and succeed in this area. He always makes sure his diary is kept free for European Astrofest each year, and this year is looking forward to finding out what is in that room the speakers disappear into after their talks!

Building your own cosmic ray detector

Are you frustrated with the amount of cloudy skies we have experienced this year? Thinking of giving up on practical astronomy? Stop! This talk will cover the science and practical aspects of detecting cosmic rays at home by buying or building your own muon detector. Low-priced readily available equipment and components mean that this can, for the first time, be achieved in any house, regardless of size or location, for less than the price of a good quality eyepiece, and some of the options require no electronics experience or skill or knowledge of radio! This is a project that is suitable for high school students and any age upwards. There is a great deal of support available and you will be introduced to the magical and amazing world of radio astronomy.

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