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5 years of PiKon

April 27, 2017

Mark Wrigley


The PiKon is a 3D printed telescope which uses a Raspberry Pi camera capture images. This year sees the PiKon’s 5th birthday with hundreds of kits and mirrors sold all over the world.

Buy parts

Build a PiKon

How it works

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.

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. The printed case support also fits Pimoroni cases for the Raspberry Pi 4 which is different to the Pi 3 and previous Pi cases.

Taking things further


The PiKon design can just be a starting point and it’s always great when someone builds on what we’ve done. So here is a design from Pate’s PiKon web site. He has completely motorised the PiKon, even down to the focusing mechanism.

The One Minute PiKon

YouTube Link

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As part of the ‘Hello Universe’ exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum, my friends there helped me make this one minute video of assembling a PiKon. The exhibition continues in Bradford (England) until January 2020.

If you want to build your own PiKon you can get all the parts here:
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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.

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