Thursday, 16 June 2016

Raspberry Pi ST-4 compatible Autoguider

I'm working on a project to add a Raspberry Pi to my telescope setup. In the end it will do everything from plate solving to photography and also allow me to do it from the warmth of my armchair rather than standing out in the cold all night.

I'm not the first one to have thought of this and there are many ideas as to how to do it. Presented below is my take on an ST-4 compatible autoguiding interface. It plugs into the Pi's 40 pin I/O connector and sticks out of the case so as to allow the cable to connect from the guide port on your mount to the Pi. I've also added a DSLR trigger too.

I've uploaded the board to Oshpark so that you can order one (well, 3 really). The BOM is trivial and the opto chips are nothing special.

Order from OSH Park

Below are the Eagle files.


A bit of Group Therapy

I likes me a bit of Group Therapy every now and then.

Last night I did this at the local range. I rented a  Ruger American in 9mm and put the target out at 10 meters (a bit over 30 feet). As you can see, it did really well. I might have to get me one of those!