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July 15, 2014


The Raspberry Pi Camera Sensor (Lens Removed)
The telescope Design:
Newtonian Reflecting Telescope

The PiKon (Disruptive Technology) Telescope is based on the Newtonian Reflecting Telescope. This design uses a concave mirror (Objective) to form an image which is examined using an eyepiece. The mirror is mounted in a tube and a 45 degree mirror is placed in the optical path to allow the image to be viewed from the side of the tube.



The PiKon Telescope is based on a very similar design, but the image formed by the Objective is focused onto the photo sensor of a Raspberry Pi Camera. The camera sensor is exposed by simply removing (unscrewing) the lens on the Pi Camera. Because of the small size of the Raspberry Pi Camera board (25mm x 25mm), it is possible to mount the assembly in the optical path. The amount of light lost by doing this is similar to the losses caused by mounting the 45 degree mirror in a conventional Newtonian design.


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  1. September 19, 2014

    Very nice, is the full design available, or perhaps models for the 3d parts? Is it open source?


  2. JB #
    September 20, 2014

    Videos of the parts being printed, completed parts and fully-assembled would be interesting.


  3. September 22, 2014

    My father is a big astronmer and I love technology particualrily building things, so would love to get involved with this! Please let me know how I can help and how to build one. Using the Pi is not a problem for me, I have one already!


  4. mike #
    September 23, 2014

    More information on 3d printing my own telescope, please. This would be awesome and my boy and I would have a great moment together constructing a it.


  5. Rutger #
    September 25, 2014

    Great idea, i have done something similar, but I shall be following this to improve on my concept (which can easily be improved). The only question I need answering now is how do I keep the sensor clean after removing the lens. With the long focal lengths dust shows up really bad and I can’t seem to get it all off.


  6. July 1, 2015

    Everything is very open with a very clear description of
    the issues. It was really informative. Your site is very useful.

    Many thanks for sharing!


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