Maker Josh Williams has published full instructions on how to create a unique project he has built using the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC, the Raspberry Pi camera module and an LCD screen, to create a pair of PiNoculars.
The PiNoculars use a Raspberry Pi 2 and camera module to enable users to capture video footage and photographs whilst using a telescope or in this case a pair of binoculars.
The included LCD screen allows you to scroll through your photographs or video library stored on the Pi PC to look at comparisons or simply use them for bragging rights to record anything you might view. Watch the video below to learn more about the construction behind the Raspberry Pi binocular system.
Willams explains more about the project :
Strap a Raspberry Pi 2 + Camera to a pair of binoculars (or telescope, microscope, etc.) and use one of adafruit’s touch LCDs + custom raspbian image to view and take pictures. (Scroll through the photos above for examples / comparisons)
This project takes more time, money and is clunkier than if you were to purchase a commercial product. You’re probably not on instructables because you wanted to buy a solution ; )
There are two sets of instructions here! See the images and video above for a brief overview. The first few prep steps are the same for both. Once construction starts you have a choice between a “Quick & Dirty” version that anyone can do, and an “Over-engineered” edition requiring fancier tools (laser cutter or power tools) and more time.
For full instructions jump over to the Intractable website via the link below.