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Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:09 pm
by topshed
Anyone got suggestions for a good case that will take the Pi & Astro-Pi board?

Unless I'm being really dense, the case supplied with the Astro-Pi kit doesn't fit the Pi when the HAT is fully installed with the support pillars. I've tried the cases from the Pi 3rd birthday party, Pibow and Pibow coupe but none will fit without snapping or sanding bits off...

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 10:19 pm
by W. H. Heydt
This one: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-16354 ought to work. As should this one: http://www.adafruit.com/products/2253 (the lids are sold separately). Both cases come in a variety of colors.

I know of another case that fits the HAT really nicely, but it's not on the market yet.

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 10:21 pm
by Davespice
W. H. Heydt wrote:I know of another case that fits the HAT really nicely, but it's not on the market yet.
What this one? :lol:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/astro-pi-flight-case/

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 12:47 am
by W. H. Heydt
Davespice wrote:
W. H. Heydt wrote:I know of another case that fits the HAT really nicely, but it's not on the market yet.
What this one? :lol:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/astro-pi-flight-case/
I *did* say "...yet". Since that one will never be on the market, no, it isn't the one I had in mind. (According to Liz--and with my top-of-the-head currency translation--that one costs $16,000....each.)

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:14 am
by DougieLawson
W. H. Heydt wrote:(According to Liz--and with my top-of-the-head currency translation--that one costs $16,000....each.)
You do get a very pretty case for £10,000.

http://xe.com is the way to convert Pounds to Dollars or Euros (or even Zambian Kwacha).

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:12 am
by ben_nuttall
I use the official Raspberry Pi case - which just about fits with mounting screws - or do you have a higher header?

I was thinking of trying to build a custom Pibow to go around it all, with a diffuser layer over the LEDs and access to the sensors and joystick.

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:34 am
by W. H. Heydt
Now that it has been officially released for sale...the case I was alluding to previously is the Official Raspberry Pi case.

There was a Pi with an AstroPi HAT in an official case at the Maker Faire (San Mateo, CA) last month. Looks really good, fits very nicely. All you have to do is leave the top off, though I dare say that if you are transporting such a rig, putting the lid on, as a protective measure, would work be a slick trick.

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:55 am
by topshed
Perhaps they've changed the dimensions from the ones given out at the Raspberry Pi 3rd birthday party, but I can't my Pi + AstroPi to fit inside one of the official cases. In fact - completely contradicting what I said in my original post - I've found that the best case is the one that shipped with the AstroPi kits. If you're prepared to take a pair of pliers to the little tabs and pokey bits inside the case, it's not a bad fit!

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:13 pm
by Prutsky
I'm supprised de Pibow coupe won't fit. I thought this case was designed so that a HAT can be used...

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:33 pm
by smnbldwn
Has anyone got anywhere with this. I have now bought a gorgeous Motorola Lapdock so am going mobile and I don't want to take my astropi/sensehat off all the time. Thank you in advance...

Re: Best case for Astro-Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:09 pm
by mikev1963
Im looking for a case that can be outside with the HAT and a camera mounted.

Any cases available that fit those requirments?

Mikie