Toby Kurien has unveiled a new Raspberry Pi Optical Tracking Telescope project he has created using a Pi mini PC, a little Arduino, together with a handful of 3D printer parts called the PiScope.
The PiScope offers a way to create a basic astrophotography set up using an affordable telescope and mount and was started as a project via House4Hack during which many members were helped bring the project to life, says Toby.
Over on his website Toby explains more about the Raspberry Pi Optical Tracking Telescope project writing :
PiScope is an open source project to do basic astrophotography using a RaspberryPi, Arduino, 3d-printed parts, and a telescope. When it is done we hope to have autotracking via OpenCV working and at the moment can use a keyboard to jog the telescope view, take photos, take videos, and stream images to a laptop via a wifi hotspot. It also has a neat little screen where everyone can see the eyepiece view. This is quite handy for star parties.
Lots of people pitched in to make this happen and was quite a fun project to work on – some woodwork, 3d design, printing, electronics, software all mixed together to make this work.
For more information on the new PiScope Raspberry Pi Optical Tracking Telescope jump over to the officialToby Kurien website for details and images taken with the system via the link below. If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in this list of awesome Raspberry Pi Zero projects we have put together or how to build your very own Arduino wind speed meter or anemometer project.
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