Raspberry Pi All Sky Camera
Below is a collection of posts that discuss the development, construction, and
operation of an open-source all sky camera for astronomy that is built on top of
the Raspberry Pi computer paired with a Raspberry Pi HQ camera.
Before continuing my series on the Open Source All Sky Camera (now abbreviated as OSASC), I thought it prudent to step back and discuss what I hope to achieve with this project. As I have often imagined building a company that makes products for astrophysics, I’ve built some commercialization ideas into the project already.
Objectives I would like a camera that can watch the stars, let me know when there are clouds, and detect bright satellites and meteors.
This is the second post in a series which discusses the development of an open-source all sky camera built on top of the Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi HQ camera. The previous post determined the magnitude limit and general capability restrictions of the setup. In this post, I’ll describe the design of a 3D printable enclosure for the camera.
Design After drawing up several ideas, I settled on a relatively simple design that encases the Raspberry Pi, HQ camera, and associated lens into a section of ABS plastic pipe as shown below: