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December 19, 2014 AT 12:00 pm

Control Your Telescope with a Raspberry Pi and Mathematica #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Amateur astronomer Tom Sherlock shares how he controls telescopes with a Raspberry Pi and Mathematica. via Raspberry Pi Foundation:

As an amateur astronomer, I’m always interested in ways to use Mathematica in my hobby. In earlier blog posts, I’ve written about how Mathematica can be used to process and improve images taken of planets and nebulae. However, I’d like to be able to control my astronomical hardware directly with the Wolfram Language.

In particular, I’ve been curious about using the Wolfram Language as a way to drive my telescope mount, for the purpose of automating an observing session. There is precedent for this because some amateurs use their computerized telescopes to hunt down transient phenomena like supernovas. Software already exists for performing many of the tasks that astronomers engage in—locating objects, managing data, and performing image processing. However, it would be quite cool to automate all the different tasks associated with an observing session from one notebook.

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