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Every now and then, somebody rocks up in the comments section here, or posts on Twitter, telling us we’re stupid: why would you spend time building yourself a custom piece of electronics kit using a Raspberry Pi when you can buy an equivalent thing in a shiny package off the shelf?

This is not the shiny packaging I'm talking about.

This is not the shiny package I’m talking about.

We presume that these people live on a diet of cup noodles and instant coffee; never listen to live music or go to the theatre; and lead what are in general sad, joyless existences.

Here is an example (a joyous one) of something you could find in stores which clearly gave Josh Williams, its maker, a great deal of entertainment and satisfaction to build: a camera and mount for your telescope or binoculars. All Raspberry Pi-based, of course.


It’s a thing of beauty – and the pictures it takes aren’t too shabby, either. Here’s a squirrel.

OK. One last time. These are small...but the ones out there are far away.

OK. One last time. These are small…but the ones out there are far away.

Josh has made full build instructions available over at Instructables, accompanied by this rather spiffy video.

PiNoculars Overview Final

Uploaded by Josh Williams on 2015-11-15.

Thanks very much, Josh: beautiful piece of work. (And we really liked the squirrel.)


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Science lessons with the camera board

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Before we get down to it today, a quick notice: Matt Timmons-Brown, freshly released from GCSE exam hell, will be dropping in to do some video interviews for his Raspberry Pi Guy YouTube channel next week. Do you have any questions you’d like him to put to Eben? Let us know in the comments.

Steve Foster is a Computer Science and Science teacher in the UK. He’s been using the camera board to make demos for science lessons: we’ve shown you before how to make time-lapse or slow-motion video, but Steve’s been putting both of those to really good use across the curriculum. We thought these videos were such a good demonstration of how you can use the Pi outside Computing lessons that they deserved a wider audience – and they’re fascinating to watch even if you’re not at school any more. Enjoy!




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