Thanks for providing so many resources to participate in this exciting citizen science project! After our astronomy club’s hard work to fundraise, we earned a grant from Aerojet, received a matching donation, and then garnered a mini-grant from our college! Now that our costs are covered and our parts have arrived, we have been meeting weekly to build a PANOPTES unit. A few questions came up recently, and were wondering if someone might be able to clarify:
· What types of electronics belong on the lid of the camera box? There was a black box and a blue circuit board in the technical drawing, but we saw a USB hub instead in a later picture. After reexamining our supplies, we brainstormed that it could be a Raspberry Pi, expandable hard drive, or maybe even the Intel NUC that is secured to the camera box lid. Which of these, if any, should we place inside the lid?
· After looking online, it appears silicon rubber is sold in much larger quantities than we need. Do you think that cutting the doughnut shape from an old mousepad might suffice?
· We purchased the breadboard from the parts list but couldn’t track down information on the PCB. It does not seem like the breadboard is big enough for the main electronics. Where should we buy an inexpensive PCB, and what are the proper dimensions?
We look forward to hearing your recommendations.
President, Sierra College Astronomy Club