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Last time we went out to Golden Gate, Toby took his telescope with and it was lots of fun to look at constellations and planets and so on.  One issue is that it is quite tricky to setup the telescope pointing at something interesting and then get someone else to also see it.  So Toby suggested PiScope:


What is PiScope?

PiScope is a project we are busy with to do basic astrophotography using a RaspberryPi, PiCam and telescope.  When it is done we hope to have autotracking via OpenCV working and at the moment can jog, take photos etc.  It also has a neat little screen where everyone can see the object in question.

Lots of people pitched in to make this happen and was quite a fun project to work on – some woodwork, 3d design, printing, electronics, software all mixed together to make this work.

Want to build your own?

The 3d printed parts, code and so on is all on Github:

Here is the finished product:


We gave a talk at ScopeX 2015 and here is the presentation:

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Software Freedom Day 2014 – Tsakane


A bunch of us celebrated Software Freedom Day this year at a very special school, African School For Excellence in Tsakane (near Brakpan).  The day was a tremendous success, with 106 kids attending (on a Saturday!!) our technology roadshow.


The day started at 9.30 with Jay (the school’s founder) introducing us to the learners (a very special experience – all of us got cheers, even the software developers!).


The day started with Jay introducing us and explaining the day to the learners

Then the group was split into three, rotating through two classrooms, each with three tech tutorials.  The group not in either of the classrooms spent some time dreaming and scheming about their upcoming projects and interacting with demos in the tented area.

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Welcome to House4Hack


Ayana visited Robohand at House4Hack and made this short video after interviewing some of H4H’s members.  It answers some of the questions new visitors and members have:

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