What are the options:

There are some advanced options to support this project, in addition to sharing, writing articles and donating! We call this Patronizing the Project! When you patronize rDUINOScope, your name and/or the name of your business is bond to the enrichment and positive influence that the project brings to the Amateur Astronomy World. Your name becomes a synonym to all the great benefits and opportunities that this project creates and last but not least, your contribution will be acknowledge on every advertising material we create!

You should choose the best way to patronize this project! It could be by:
  • funding the next R&D cycle;
  • fund and become godfather of release version;
  • fund specific features;
  • become a longtime supporter and bond your name with the rDUINOScope code for eternity!

    In case you’d like to discuss further this topic, do not hesitate to contact us: gloranges _at_ hotmail _dot_ com or 00359 886 232510

  •   WHY rDUINOScope

    The challenge the project addresses:
    Every amateur astronomer knows the trouble of finding an object to observe, when starting in the hobby. It is the steep learning curve that one needs to overcome, that makes most people give up after few unsuccessful tries. To overcome this roadblock, telescope manufacturers come up with idea to computerize a telescope and make it GOTO telescope. One simply pushes a button ....and voila – The Great Orion Nebula is in the eyepiece!

    Those computerized (GOTO) telescopes unfortunately are proprietary and are quite expensive on top of the Euro/Dollar you already spent for your tube and optics. You can’t simply buy the cheapest GOTO and put it on your mount, as they are specific for each telescope. Maybe you aquired an old mount and find out that it is no longer supported for a GOTO ... or that existing GOTOs keeps their high prices!

    If you however decide to buy a new shiny GOTO Telescope, you will be amazed to discover that most of them are old looking, feature phone like handhelds, and most importantly all the goodies are sold separately like:

  • No graphical screens or touch screens;
  • GPS sold separately or enter the coordinates manually;
  • Connection to PC or Bluetooth devices are sold separately;
  • To use your smartphone application you need to buy additional hardware;
  • Not possible to share your observations with your favorite social media,
  • …. And many more restrictions simply not acceptable for the amount you pay!

    That’s why I decided to create rDUINOScope, a computerized telescope GOTO controller system, which fits every telescope mount.
    It is an Open Source Software and Hardware, which means it is free. I wanted it to be even better than what you can buy on the market, so I have implemented a rich graphical screen with touch input, stellar map interface, database with stellar objects, built in Bluetooth, GPS and Real clock and the feature list goes on and on! rDUINOScope also allows you to use your favorite planetarium software (Stellarium, Sky Safari and etc.) to control your telescope.

    How the project might be world changing :
    I’m hoping that by opening my work to the general public, such devices will become more affordable and as such will create a norm in telescope making – Every telescope will have GOTO to ease the new amateur astronomers in their quest! I expect that if you have to buy a GOTO telescope, you at least receive the full package (GPS, Bluetooth Touch screen and etc.) This hobby needs to change for good!

    rDUINOScope have the potential to change the market, and it needs your support. Spread the idea by talking about it in your communities, astronomy forums, printed materials and social media groups. The more people know about it, the higher the impact on the market.