September 20, 2014
The Pikon astro-cam is a collaborative project by the Department of Physics at the University of Sheffield and Mark Wrigley of Alternative Photonics, a small company based in north Sheffield.
The project was set up to deliver a working telescope for the Festival of the Mind event with live demonstrations in the Spiegeltent located at Barker’s Pool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (outside John Lewis).
Presentation times 11.00 am on Friday 19th and Sunday 28th September 2014.
We have had a fantastic response to our project with many people wanting to download parts and make their own telescope.
Thingieverse: The current build is a beta model and we will revisit the 3D printed parts design to reduce the amount of plastic and take out a few errors. The current build does require some post processing, mainly drilling out holes. Once we have the design perfected, we will post the files on Thingieverse.
Contact, join us:
In addition to this blog, we also have a Twitter feed and Facebook page. We’ll be using Twitter to publish photographs from the telescope and keep people up to date:
So far, we have a working telescope which is operated by entering command lines into the Raspberry Pi. We are looking for enthusiasts and educators to help us take things further. We want to encourage people to create, innovate, educate and share their efforts on an open source basis.
Get in touch:
If you need more information please leave a comment here or contact me by twitter: @Markwrig
What we’ll do next:
As well as posting our 3D printed part designs, well be setting up ways to help build your own DIY telescope. This will include supply of printed parts and other components. We’ll do this initially by a crowd funded project. Follow us on Twitter and/or follow this blog and we’ll keep you posted.