The detection of pulsars is viewed as a major achievement by many in Amateur Radio Astronomy circles.  It would not be a stretch too far to say it is something of a minor 'Holy Grail' - accompanied as it is by tales, tall and true, of the achievement of the quest.

As a self-confessed 'pulsar-phile', the administrator of this site (see 'Contact') has endeavoured to collect all known verified amateur attempts and provide an overview of those attempts.

After viewing the work of successful amateurs, be sure to have a look at the challenges they have overcome by following the link ("The Challenges of Amateur Pulsar Detection") at the bottom of this page.

Note: As updates are occurring regularly be sure to refresh all pages to get the latest information.

Successful Amateurs

There are a number amateurs who have provided quality data details to date and have proven that they have been successful by supplying details consistent with good science.

The entries below are marked with # to indicate a current member of the Neutron Star Group, as well as ^ to indicate the use of the relatively inexpensive RTL-SDR USB dongle.

Results are in order of antenna size - small to large...

Other examples will be added as they are found and sufficient detail is presented to be useful. Permission will need to be sought before putting up those details on this site.

The Challenges of Amateur Pulsar Detection

If you are interested in learning about the challenges associated with amateur pulsar detection then you might find this brief summary useful - Challenges for Amateur Pulsar Detection.