Every now and then, somebody rocks up in the comments section here, or posts on Twitter, telling us we’re stupid: why would you spend time building yourself a custom piece of electronics kit using a Raspberry Pi when you can buy an equivalent thing in a shiny package off the shelf?
We presume that these people live on a diet of cup noodles and instant coffee; never listen to live music or go to the theatre; and lead what are in general sad, joyless existences.
Here is an example (a joyous one) of something you could find in stores which clearly gave Josh Williams, its maker, a great deal of entertainment and satisfaction to build: a camera and mount for your telescope or binoculars. All Raspberry Pi-based, of course.
It’s a thing of beauty – and the pictures it takes aren’t too shabby, either. Here’s a squirrel.
Josh has made full build instructions available over at Instructables, accompanied by this rather spiffy video.
Thanks very much, Josh: beautiful piece of work. (And we really liked the squirrel.)