Glitter + Computational graphics = Cheap, light telescope

By | December 26, 2014

Ingenious construction plans for future telescopes – once they solve the glitter positioning, maintanence, and repair issues, that is. But for amateurs here on Earth, having an open source implementation of that graphics stitching program could lead to a blossom in amateur astronomy.

/via +Sarah Rios

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5 thoughts on “Glitter + Computational graphics = Cheap, light telescope

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    +Travis A​ agree. And I think a preassembled plastic dish coated with foil would do just as well. The key to the idea seems to be combining computational graphics with a low-quality dish – computational graphics being the limiting factor in how good the telescope can be.

  2. Travis A

    There are other alternative technologies that improve telescopes. The approach presented in this article is interesting, but releasing a large number of uncontrollable micro-sized glitter particles in orbit is not a great idea in my opinion.


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