Mission Update - 160826
Several attempts to build a tracking system for the GaliPi Telescope failed due to high costs of building a rigid structure that allows tracking stars smoothly. I think the best solution is to actually purchase a Goto-mount for the telescope.
Mission Update - 160614
Finally I managed to run the first test with both cameras at the same time. Cam01 has a wide viewing angle and is used to aim for the particular objecct. Cam02 has a high magnification.
The test was very promising as you can see in the picture.
Release 0.1 - 160530
GaliPi is a project that aims to use Raspberry Pi Microcomputers to both control a Telecope and to take pictures of the night-sky. Many GaliPi telescopes can operate in a network and observe the same stellar object from different locations. Results are stored and shared.
The project was inspired by the Pikon project: https://pikonic.com/
Part 1 of the project focuses on getting good pictures. - In Progress
Part 2 focuses on targeting and tracking astronomical objects. - Q3.2016
Part 3 focuses on setting up a network of GaliPi telescopes. - 2017
Updates via Twitter > #GaliPi
Help wanted! If you want to participate in this project, please write an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moon example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x9rRDL_pD4
Jupiter example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzEicUOMZKY
GaliPi is a digital telescope that captures images of the night sky with Raspberry Pi computers. The telescope operates autonomously and saves its observation results as digital images. Many GaliPi telescopes can operate in a network and observe the same stellar object from different locations. The results of such surveys are stored and shared in the cloud.
The main camera has a big magnification and captures a lot of light due to its newtonian setup. The wide field camera has a low magnification and captures big areas of the night sky.
Future versions of GaliPi should be able to automatically track stars and constellations.
The project is documented at: https://mytelescopeblog.wordpress.com
1) 1x 3D Printed Parts (Drain Pipe Diameter 160mm)
2) 2x Raspberry (incl SD Card, WIFI and Power Supply)
3) 2x Raspberry Camera
4) 1x Lens for wide filed Raspberry Camera
5) Drain Pipe Diameter 160mm
6) Telescope Mirror-cell that fits into the Drain Pipe (Mine has a Diameter of 130mm)
7) Software: http://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface
8) 3x M5 Nylon Screws
9) 7x M5 Nylon Screw-nuts
10) 1x Equatorial mount for your telescope