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DIY Instruments for Amateur Space by Sandy Antunes

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Chapter 12. Off-the-Shelf Sensor Hardware

I can suggest three tactics for choosing your actual sensor hardware. The first is to conduct Web searches on sensors and pick a vendor. It takes a fair amount of research, but will yield a wider variety of sources.

The second is to explore what people are using for robotics and DIY works, and concentrate on understanding the sensors offered by those community-aimed vendors. For that sort of sensor work, you will often find good programming and installation support, since they are used to providing to hobbyists. Further, robotics work and satellite work are very similar.

The third is to really understand electronics, then buy directly from Digikey, Farnell, or other electronics shops. This requires knowledge, ...

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