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The Norman Lockyer Observatory was built in 1912 by Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer following the closure of the South Kensington Observatory, where he had been a principal researcher of solar activity and meteorology.
The Norman Lockyer Observatory and Planetarium are located one mile east of Sidmouth in Devon, England. The observatory provides both modern telescopes with computer enhanced imaging along with some of the nation's most historic telescopes and equipment.The elevated coastal location provides for a dark sky and low radio interference.
The observatory has four domes, a lecture theatre and a planetarium. The Mond dome
houses the 6¼-
For more information about the Norman Lockyer Observatory and the Observatory Society, please click here to visit the NLO website.
Norman Lockyer Observatory
Meteor detection and other radio astronomy experiments are carried out in the Mc Clean Dome, which has historically been used for radio astronomy experiments at the NLO.
Receiving and monitoring equipment are fed from two dedicated VHF aerials, a dedicated
fixed frequency antenna and a broad band log periodic antenna, as well as a multi-
Shortwave transmissions are made from the site in the HF spectrum to determine the state of ionisation of the ionosphere and influences of solar activity, weather phenomena and meteor activity on radio wave propagation.
Although meteor detection is our main 24/7 activity, we also carry out other experiments including monitoring of solar RF radiation and signals from other stars and planets such as Jupiter (NASA JOVE project).
As this website grows we will be providing public access to gathered data and audio / video streaming of events and experiments via this website.
Radio astronomy in the Mc Clean Dome