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High Resolution Virtual Telescope Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132569D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Dec-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Dec-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

People interested in astronomy generally are not able to buy a high professional telescope to satisfy their curiosity because such equipment is too expensive. This article deals with a simple method to get excellent quality vision together with a computer based and low cost equipment providing a satisfactory user experience.

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High Resolution Virtual Telescope Device

People interested in astronomy generally are not able to buy a high professional telescope to satisfy their curiosity because such equipment is too expensive.

     Even using telescopes of several thousands of dollars the user cannot view images whose quality is comparable to those seen in astronomic literature. This causes a dissatisfying user-experience. Even if there are a lot of astronomy software that allow to simulate the sky-seeing by providing the celestial coordinates, they don't provide a real user experience that a real telescope gives.

     A solution to this problem consists in adding a pheripheral including a webcam, to a workstation. The peripheral is used to point to the sky and, at the same time, the user can see high quality images of the portion of the sky currently pointed displayed on the workstation monitor. These images are previously gathered by high powerful telescopes like Hubble.

In the current solution the pheripheral is connected to a workstation in the same way a webcam is. The pheripheral is made of a mechanism that is able to dynamically calculate 3D coordinates related to an initializable starting point and to send them to a software installed on the workstation.

     In order to initialize the device the user can point the device (that could be a finder) to the Polar Star and insert the coordinates of his location in the software. Starting from that point ahead the software is able to dynamically calcula...