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Ultrascope — Open Space Agency releases first DIY Automated Robot Observatory
Open Space Agency releases under open licensing the first DIY robot telescope – or ARO – Automated Robotic Observatory, that would allow amateur astronomers to contribute to citizen science projects for a radically reduced cost.
We’re still refining the performance of our first EXPLORER SERIES ULTRASCOPE – a 3.5 Inch mirror ARO that is able to conduct celestial photography and photometry.
We are currently looking for Beta Testers around the world to test the current scope design and suggest improvements.
This dream would have been almost impossible just 24 months ago. The levels of precision required for a maker-made scientific quality scope would have resulted in compounding errors conspiring to make observations frustrating for aspiring citizen scientists. However the emergence of low-cost 3D printers and Laser-cutting, paired with microcontroller platforms such as Arduino and Lumia 1020- with its 41 Megapixel CCD – mean that a project such as this is now eminently possible.
Source: Ultrascope — Open Space Agency