AutoScope

Fully Automated, 3d Printed and Remote Accessed Telescope

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Basic Idea:--The basic idea of the Autoscope project is to make fully modular telescope which can be remotely accessed by anyone around the world.This Project brings to you real and very powerful telescope, readily accessible over the Internet. You can access our telescope from the comfort of your home, your institution or anywhere, from your own computer or smartphone, no matter your operative system. Our telescope would allow amateur astronomers to contribute to citizen science projects with radically reduced cost. Here a problem in our hand was to design and build a 3d printed telescope and provide appropriate hardware and software to make it remotely accessible and to identify the objects in the image provided by the telescope. Here we are proud to mention that our telescope will be the 1st in India Which will be remotely accessible to all common people at free of cost. Our telescope can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection it does not require any prior knowledge of Astronomy or Telescopes.   Modeling:--We used SOLIDWORKS and CATIA V5 To Design this fully modular Telescope. Autoscope was made by additive manufacturing(3d printing) and laser cutting in our institute. It is made up of 53 3d printed parts and 18 laser cut parts. We Designed  53 parts of Autoscope in Solidworks. 18 laser cut parts are designed in  Catia V5.Only 72 hours of 3D printing is required for this model.and Around 4-5 hours of laser cutting.    Need:--Telescopes are used for gathering and analyzing the radiation released by distant objects. But in today’s world people find it difficult to have access to such powerful telescopes and these telescopes cannot be bought by everyone due to their high cost. In addition various other factors such as optimal space, local unavailability, lack of knowledge regarding installation and use, perfect view further reduce the access of these powerful telescopes to potential amateur astronomers and institutions. Thus we need to bring down the cost of development and provide better access to such telescopes. With recent advancement in technology we can use the technique of additive manufacturing to build telescopes at substantially reduced cost and further via Internet provide remote access of these telescopes to user. Furthermore it’s merely impossible to identify, locate and describe stars just by looking at the night sky, which is major cause of disappointment among amateur astronomers who often get confused and discouraged due lack of sufficient knowledge about astronomy.Thus we need to develop a user friendly interface that can easily locate and describe stars thus reducing the burden of identifying, locating and describing stars, keeping their interest in the field of astronomy alive. In addition to above problems, providing a platform dependent solution, restricts the solution to specific model of telescope which fails to bring out the global impact required in the field of astronomy. Thus we need to deploy a platform independent solution which can work over a wide variety of telescopes. Able to control your telescope with click of your mouse using one of the biggest open source platform is what’s desired by every astronomer.   Use:--   This is not just a Model as shown in the video it is fully working telescope. It is very light weight so it can can carried according to  need. it is made in very low cost with the help of additive manufacturing. Autoscope can is Remote accessed from our college Internal network for this we have build our on software and hardware system in collaboration with Stellarium. We are consdering in near future to make Autoscope fully run on Solar Energy. and open the remote access to the Public.   All The files are published under open hardware and open software license check out below link https://drive.google.com/open?id=16uIWZF6UJqryoFft2-Gq_JCFEpRKA7Vf
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Below is the image of Orion's Nebula taken from Autoscope by Remote access
Project Timeline
2018.05.17
Below is the image of Orion's Nebula taken from Autoscope by Remote access