I dug an old magnifying lamp with spring loaded arm out of the attic, removed the lamp assembly (which was held on by a single bolt) and set out to design a printable part that would hold the AstroPi in place. Of course by design I mean launching Autodesk Fusion 360 and start creating and modifying objects. When this approach didn't work (unsurprisingly) I actually went and sketched out some ideas and started over.
|The original design.|
|The AstroPi mounted on the end of the arm.|
|Arm goes up.||Arm goes down.|
Whilst waiting for those to arrive I found out Fusion supported creating screw threads as part of the design so I created two variants of the mount. One with a built in thread and one which takes a nut.
|Nut based model on the left, threaded on the right||Side view, not all the curves printed cleanly.|
With the mount attached to the AstroPi it can be connected to, and moved between, any camera tripod or similar that you have available so you can position it on your desk, hanging from a shelf or suspended looking out of a window, just like Izzy is doing on the ISS.
|Suspended in the air.|
|Standing on the desk.||Hanging from a shelf bracket.|