Radio Telescope


We are testing the motors and will be adding the dish in the next few weeks.

This next year is going to be exciting for YCAS as we unveil our 4.5 meter radio telescope. It has been a six year project in the making collaborating with with the York County Parks, York College of Pennsylvania and the York County Astronomical Society (YCAS).

The radio telescope will be totally automated, fully steerable, tracking and web accessible instrument. It will have the capability to observe any celestial object within its specification and geographical location.

Examples of observable objects will include the Sun, Moon, our Milky Way galaxy and several strong radio sources including pulsars. The receiving equipment is designed to perform both continuum and spectral observations of hydrogen and will reside in an environmentally stabilized and electromagnetically shielded control room with computer equipment and weather station.

This will be a great opportunity to explore the mysteries of the universe and learn about this unique science of astronomy.

We are still in need of funding for this project. If you would like to financially support us, please earmark your contributions to the “YCAS Radio Telescope Project.” We are a non-profit organization and your contribution is tax deductible.

More information on this and other programs is available from York County Department of Parks and Recreation at (717) 840-7440 or

For more information on YCAS events, scheduling a private party star watch, directions to the observing site, or for general Society information please contact us at or leave a voice message after the recording at 717 759-9227 or visit our Facebook page



Formed in 1989, the non-profit York County Astronomical Society aims to promote interest, public education, and advancement of the science of astronomy. In addition to planetarium shows, the society presents regular public sky watches and astronomy classes.