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Welcome to the Mopra Telescope


The Mopra Telescope is a 22-m single-dish radio telescope located at the edge of the Warrumbungle Mountains near Coonabarabran, about 450 km north-west of Sydney. It is operated by CSIROs Astronomy and Space Science division, as are the Parkes Telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri in north-west New South Wales. A fourth radio telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, is also being developed by CSIRO at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the mid-west of Western Australia. Collectively, CSIRO's radio astronomy observatories are known as the Australia Telescope National Facility, with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.

Mopra is situated at a latitude and longitude of -31.2678, 149.0997 and an elevation of 860m. The telescope is primarily used for 3-mm spectroscopy and VLBI experiments.

From October 2015, Mopra is being operated under contract with a team of institutions led by the University of NSW: CSIRO is maintaining the telescope, and observing is carried out by te team. (From Oct 2012 to Oct 2015, Mopra operations were funded from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of NSW, and the University of Adelaide, as described by the operating model for that period.

A severe bushfire on Sunday January 13, 2013 burned a large region near Coonbarabran including the Mopra and Siding Spring Observatories. Fortunately, the telescope itself and the key data-taking equipment were spared by the fire, but mains power was cut and the on-site building suffered significant damage. The telescope was returned to operations in May 2013. See the Current Issues page for more details.

 Mopra Observing Guides

 ATNF Observing Information

 Observing Tools

 Data Reduction & Calibration

  • Map making tutorial. An brief tutorial outlining how to reduce Mopra mapping data using livedata, gridzilla, kvis, miriad and to clean it up and present it pretty with IDL.
  • ASAP - ATNF Spectral Analysis Package An ASAP-GUI interface has been developed by Cormac Purcell and is available for download
  • Livedata/Gridzilla - On-the-fly Mapping Analysis Package

 Mopra Monitoring Information

 Local Mopra Observatory Information

Modified: Phil Edwards (07 Sep 2017)