Site selection for a radio astronomy observatory in Turkey: atmospherical, meteorological, and radio frequency analyses

KÜÇÜK I., Uler I., ÖZ S., ONAY S., ÖZDEMİR A. R., GÜLŞEN M., ...More

EXPERIMENTAL ASTRONOMY, vol.33, no.1, pp.1-26, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10686-011-9264-z
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-26
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Selecting the future site for a large Turkish radio telescope is a key issue. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is now in the stage of construction at a site near Karaman City, in Turkey. A single-dish parabolic radio antenna of 30–40 m will be installed near a building that will contain offices, laboratories, and living accommodations. After a systematic survey of atmospheric, meteorological, and radio frequency interference (RFI) analyses, site selection studies were performed in a predetermined location in Turkey during 2007 and 2008. In this paper, we described the experimental procedure and the RFI measurements on our potential candidate’s sites in Turkey, covering the frequency band from 1 to 40 GHz.