Vela Pulsar Observations
After more than 6 years of daily observations (including the detection of 2 'glitches')
Vela pulsar observations have ceased as of 28 June 2023.
Some HawkRAO statistics:
Daily cadence observations covering 1st May 2017 to 1st October 2021 - 4 years and 5 months with >95% up-time.
After break in observations operations now resumed with new software/hardware processing giving a reduction in power consumption.
Two Vela glitches detected - February 2019 and July 2021.
The February 2019 glitch result was the first ever detection of a glitch by a radio astronomy amateur in any pulsar.
Over 8 TB of voltage data archived.
All observations done with $20 RTL_SDR 'dongle' bought through eBay and Amateur Radio antennas.
Initial custom observational software written in C# Windows application - changed to C# console applications running under Ubuntu Mate on a Raspberry PI (RPI400).
Related To This Page...
Detection of Two Vela Pulsar 'Glitches' - details of two 'glitches' detected in HawkRAO observation data.
B0833-45 Daily Observations - about Vela pulsar observations - details about history.
Latest Observation Results - uploaded nominally daily (subject to downtime due to system issues - e.g., power outages).
Observation System Information - details and status of the current Raspberry PI 400 observation setup.
PDMP Results Gallery - a small selection of typical low-resolution results from the PDMP period search analysis.
Vela Pulsar - some information about the pulsar.