Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory

Warkworth Radio Observatory
Location Warkworth, New Zealand
Website www.irasr.aut.ac.nz
Telescopes Warkworth Radio Telescope, Warkworth 2 dish
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The Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory is located just south of Warkworth off SH1 about 50 km north of Auckland and is operated by the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research, Auckland University of Technology. The WARK12M12m Radio Telescope was constructed in 2008. In 2010, a licence to operate the New Zealand Telecom 30m dish was granted, which led to the construction of the WARK30M 30m Radio Telescope. First observations with the Australian Long Baseline Array took place in 2011.[1]

A Hydrogen maser is installed on-site for very accurate time required by VLBI observations. The observatory has a 1Gbit/s connection to the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network, providing high speed data transfers for files and e-VLBI.[2]


  1. D., Dickey, 3 March 2011, Rodney Times,p.11, Warkworth in control as telescopes link up.A historic link-up of six Australian radio telescope sites with the Warkworth Radio Observatory could be the start of a very fast broadband speed.
  2. Weston, S., Natusch, T., Gulyaev, S., 2010, in Proceedings of the 17th Electronics New Zealand Conference, submitted (preprint astro-ph/1011.0227)
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