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3D Printing + Raspberry Pi Camera = PiKon Telescope

Welcome to PiKon

April 27, 2017



Welcome to the PiKon blog web site, the world’s first 3D printed, Raspberry Pi powered astro-cam telescope. This site is intended to give you all the information you need about PiKon.

Quick links:

Buy parts

Build a PiKon

How it works

New – Featured Image


Many thanks to Ward Hills of Cambridge Makespace for this fantastic image of Saturn taken with his PiKon build.

We will be featuring PiKon images on our Instagram feed so if you’d like to be featured please contact us.

New – An upgrade

Variant_1_of_2_1024x1024The PiKon hardware kit and design are undergoing an upgrade. We’ve decided to use the Pimoroni Nija Pibow case. This involves a new 3D printed case support which you’ll find with our STL files.

New – WiKiFactory

We pleased to announce that we are now featured on a new platform for digital fabricators; WiKiFactory

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The PiKon Story

The project was originally funded by the University of Sheffield’s ‘Festival of the Mind’ in 2014. The idea was to show the citizen scientist, maker or enthusiast just what could be done with disruptive (low cost) technologies. The project combined affordable 3D printing with the low Raspberry Pi computer and its camera.

The project was an instant hit, and after presentations in Sheffield city centre, found its way into the national press as well as specialised magazines and web sites. There was a huge response from people who wanted to build their own PiKon telescopes and in 2015 the project was crowd funded and parts are now available at an on-line shop:

The PiKon is an open hardware project, which means you are free to download our STL files and instructions from a Dropbox. The project is also features on, and


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The whole PiKon build is captured by Make:Live on a 30+ minute YouTube video.

Makezines article about the PiKon is HERE.



First image using the prototype PiKon.