Make Live: PiKon Raspberry Pi Telescope

By: (plus.google.com) +David Herron; Date: Sun Jun 25 2017 17:00:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Tags: Raspberry Pi »»»» Telescopes

The PiKon Telescope combines the Raspberry Pi, some PVC drain pipe and a few 3d printed parts to become a high power telescope capable of some impressive astrophotography. This video goes over building the thing. A primary problem is that the official design uses a type of PVC pipe easily available in England, with a 5" diameter, that isn't available in the USA. You can order a kit of parts from the fellow in England.

The design is a reflector telescope, meaning that a key component is the Mirror assembly that fits in the back of the tube. At the other end of the tube is a "spider" that holds the PiCamera and handles the focusing.

It uses a regular PiCamera with the focusing lens removed. Focusing is handled by moving the camera assembly back and forth.

See: (pikonic.com) https://pikonic.com/

See: (makezine.com) http://makezine.com/projects/gaze-across-the-solar-system-with-a-3d-printed-raspberry-pi-telescope/