Using a 3D printer, laser cut acrylic, an Arduino shield, and a Lumia 1020, anyone can view the stars. The Open Space Agency is an organization dedicated to opening the opportunity to explore space to the public. The telescope is built from parts which can be laser cut and 3D printed from home. These drawings will be made available for free under an open license for anyone to use.
The combination of the Lumia 1020 and telescopes is an excellent match. The 41 megapixel camera enables high resolution pictures to be taken of outer space. In addition to the high megapixel count, Lumia phones have an excellent camera app which enables manual control of shutter speed, focus, and ISO. With these manual controls, amateur astronomers can increase the amount of light the phone takes into its sensor. Leaving the shutter open for a long time can catch faint lights in outer space.
The intent of the Ultrascope is to make space exploration possible for everyone. The Ultrascope uses 3D printed parts, which are easy for consumers to print in their homes or a variety of 3D printing companies. Laser cut acrylic can be customer ordered from companies online. Ultimately, with enough dedication, the plans could be traced and cut by hand. The Arduino is a staple of DIY electronics and controls. Any smartphone with a high resolution camera could be used for this telescope, but the Lumia 1020 is especially well suited thanks to its high megapixel camera and manual controls.Further reading: Lumia 1020, Microsoft, Space, Windows Phone