Forum: Virtual Classroom - ThumbScope
ThumbScopeI've been very inspired by various "travelscope" telescopes such as this one http://www.garyseronik.com/?q=node/189 , and I've been thinking about them for a while.
In ThumbPointer, we already have a system that points fairly accurately into space, and can be manually or remotely controlled. A telescope co-aligned with the antenna could be very useful, for example:
1. For spotting ThumbSat reflector experiments, for tracking.
2. Potentially, experiments with Wi-fi using light ("Li-fi") from ThumbSats, for downloading data.
3. For aligning the ThumbPointer towards known stars etc.
I have in mind a Newtonian reflector, but with a small camera in place of the usual flat secondary mirror. We have lots of tiny cameras left over from the ThumbSat builds. So it's basically a primary mirror holder, a carbon fibre composite tube, and a camera holder, with some adjustment. Weather protection could be a localised "eyelid" over the primary mirror.
I'm not looking for amazing performance, so I'd like to have fun with lightweight and cheap optics etc. I suppose that I'd be looking at a field of view that just about takes in the whole moon.
I guess this comes under our ThumbWorks "skunkworks" program. If anyone is interested in helping out (or taking over!), we'd like to hear from you!
26th Apr 201610:04