July 22, 2016
Now you can buy everything you need at www.Elektric-Tube.shop
The PiKon telescope was created for Sheffield University’s ‘Festival of the Mind’ in 2014. We wanted to show just what could be done with disruptive technologies such as 3D printing and Raspberry Pi computing. In particular we wanted to encourage the maker and amateur scientist to simply “have a go”. We never expected it to be so popular. From the onset at our Festival of the Mind talk we received considerable press attention and this WordPress blog jumped fro 6 hits a day to 1,500 hits a day.
On the strength of this, we crowd funded the PiKon through the Indiegogo platform, exceeded our target and were able to invest in a better design as well as source mirrors and other components at a better price for the maker. Everything that you need to build a PiKon (including mirrors) to full kits and pre-printed parts is available on line at the Elektric-Tube.shop shop.
At the same time, we have released all STL 3D printer files, build and operating instructions as open source information. The files can be dowloaded from this Dropbox location:
The August 2016 issue of Make Magazine features a two page section on PiKon along with 3rd party equipment and users moon shots. We really would like you to get involved and send us your ideas, designs and photos. The web version of the article can be found here: PiKon in Makezine.
We are hoping that PiKon enthusiasts will be able to share results and information. If you’d like more information or simply want to be kept updated, please leave your e-mail below.