Prior to the 1964 discovery of cosmic microwave radiation (CBM) by radio astronomers, Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias, other amateur radio astronomers were listening to and collecting information from faint radio signals coming from deep space. These astronomers were using earlier instruments, often handmade, like this Cosmic Radioscope. At that time, solid theory about CMB and its origins did not exist, leaving each amateur astronomer to speculate broadly about the origins of these signals. Because the signals seemed to originate from all directions in the cosmos, some believed the waves might relate to astrological theory. Others, more correctly as it turns out, speculated that the waves had something to do with the origins of the universe itself.
This early Radioscope, has both a rear and front display screen. The rear screen is a projection of the current cosmic weather. The front screen consists of a cosmic map for a small sector of the Milky Way galaxy. A series of dials represent yet smaller sectors. Because these microwave signals are both weak and sporadic, each dial moves almost invisibly upward or downward as it detection occurs.
It is theorized that this instrument was built by an amateur radio astronomer, perhaps as a prototype for commercial market. No patent application has yet been found despite the claim on its label that a patent is pending.
Inventory #: 49-19CRS