New Nokia Lumia Ultrascope for Astrophotography
Have you always been intrigued by the universe beyond Planet Earth and thought about getting stargazing equipment?
Even if you haven’t you will be delighted to know that thanks to the wonders of 3D printing and the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia you can have your very own Ultrascope.
All this is the brainchild of James Parr, the man responsible for the Open Space Agency (OSA). The objective behind his ambitious project was to ‘reduce the cost of pro-level astronomy by an order of magnitude’. This in the hope that the ordinary Joe will be able to significantly contribute to the study of the scientific study of the skies from the comfort of their homes.
If you go to the OSA site you will find instructions on how to 3D-print the various components and assemble them into an ultrascope.
All you need is to get yourself a low-cost 3D printer and Laser cutting together with a Nokia Lumia 1020.
Why this phone in particular? The phone boasts a 41 megapixel camera that is the envy of its rivals.
The phone alone will set you back about $960, but even with this in mind, the entire cost comes to much less than what you would spend on conventional astrological equipment. The only other thing you need is a microcontroller platform such as Arduino and you’re good to become a citizen astronomer.
With this in mind you can immerse yourself into the world of outer-space photography whether you’re a student or pensioner simply by visiting the OSA website and downloading 3D plans of the ultrascope.
Remember that the ultrascope is currently only in the beta stage and more improved and sophisticated models are being worked on. Naturally Microsoft is lending a hand with this research and development so as to keep the Lumia 1020 the main device to be used with the ultrascope.
The next year or so will see the release of improvements on the beta version of this space camera. But even as it is now you can take incredible photos of the stars and other celestial bodies. OSA and Parr’s mission is to “unlock the talent and insight of citizen space explorers around the world”.
With this affordable device Parr has taken a big step towards this noble cause.