The Ultrascope is a 3D printed telescope that uses the 41 megapixel smartphone Lumia 1020 to give average citizens their own personal observatories. The plans are being released under an Open Source license by the Open Space Agency. While the Lumia 1020 is a bit pricey for my tastes, the overall concept is outstanding. As 3D printers come down in price, it won’t be long before you can build some amazing projects right at home. I think we are entering some exciting times for amateur astronomy and astrophotography.
Check out the plans for the Ultrascope and sign up for the beta here!