The Lovell Telescope (Jodrell Bank Observatory)
The 76.2-m Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory
The 76.2-m Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory

Completed in 1957, the 76.2-m Lovell Telescope remains the third-largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. It is the largest radio telescope of Jodrell Bank Observatory, as well as the largest in the UK. Many upgrades have taken place over the years, the most recent being the 2000-2002 upgrade in which the whole reflecting surface was changed. It is used in a wide range of observational areas including pulsars, quasars, masers and gravitational lenses, and it is a key part of e-MERLIN and the European VLBI Network.

The majority of observations with the Lovell Telescope are at 1.4 GHz. Digital filterbank and ROACH-based backends are used simultaneously for pulsar observations, processing a bandwidth of 384 MHz. This provides the high frequency resolution and sensitivity needed to perform the precise timing of millisecond pulsars, especially for those used in the Pulsar Timing Array. Please visit the Lovell Telescope website for more information.