May 8, 2015
The PiKon started out as a project for Sheffield University’s “Festival of the Mind” in September 2014. When we got major press coverage and a lot of enquiries we soon realised that this is a popular project that anyone can do at home. So we started thinking how we could make that happen.
Maybe you don’t have a 3D printer, perhaps you don’t know where to buy telescope mirrors or you are simply interested in Raspberry Pi programming and want a ready built PiKon. We decided to offer kits and finished PiKon telescopes as crowd funding rewards. We’ll offer everything from just drawings, to kits of 3D printed parts to full kits with optics and all the parts you’ll need. We’ll also offer ready made PiKons and as a top reward well build a couple of 6″ (150mm) mirror versions.
Getting it right!
The PiKon telescope which we first demonstrated in September 2014 was a prototype. Although it dose not show on the photos, there was much Duck Tape and over engineering. So before we crowd fund, we want to make sure that everything goes together without tears and frustration. We also want to price the PiKon at a level that makes it accessible to many. The prototype used one off parts at a premium price. Behind the senses we have been working on getting the costs, especially the mirror, down. We don’t want to crowd fund the PiKon until we get these things right.
What’s the plan?
We are planning to launch our crowd funding at the Leicester Space Centre Maker Fair on 19th September, 2015 with the first rewards being delivered before Christmas. From our social media activity, we are expecting a great response, so if you want to be one of the first to know what’s happening please leave us your e-mail and we’ll contact you before we launch.