#20. PiFinder

Last edited on 2023-06-30 Tagged under  #space 

Here are this week's 3 links worth exploring:

  1. An open-source hardware and software project for the amateur astronomy community, PiFinder is a Raspberry Pi-based all-in-one device that mounts on a telescope and combines positioning, search, chart display, and logging to help observers find and view astronomical objects. Use the online build guide to source components and build your own PiFinder, or purchase a kit or assembled unit: https://www.pifinder.io/

  2. Beyond is a flight dynamics Python library with the goal of providing a simple API for space observations: https://github.com/galactics/beyond/

  3. An introduction to tracking satellites with Python (using the above-mentioned Beyond library). Identify the satellite's current location and when the next pass over the viewing location will be: https://youtu.be/RYfAbX1XECk

Quote of the Week: "The Moon’s low gravity and slow rotation mean that a space elevator could be built with materials already available. The honeycomb fiber called M5 is lighter and stronger than Kevlar; a ribbon 3 centimeters wide and 0.02 millimeter thick could support 2,000 kilograms on the lunar surface or 100 climbers with a mass of 600 kilos each, evenly spaced along the ribbon. We could build a lunar elevator right now." — Chris Impey, Beyond: Our Future in Space


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