Tag Archives: diy

New control box for a focus rail with many other options

I have now completed the new control box for the focus rail that I described how to build in a post I made a year or two ago. Actually, the new control box is capable of a great deal more … Continue reading

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DIY Printed Circuit Boards – Part 2: Isolation Milling

Isolation milling is not an option available to everyone! It requires that you have a small CNC mill that has the required accuracy to mill tracks of the thickness that your design requires, and alsothe ┬ánecessary software. I have a … Continue reading

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DIY printed circuit boards – printing and milling. Part 1: photo-etching.

There are several ways that an amateur can go about making their own printed circuit boards. They include: the toner transfer method, photo-etching and isolation milling. Their is another alternative – sending your design off to a commercial supplier. For … Continue reading

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The “Photomacroscope”

(This post is a work in progress – pictures to be added etc.!) “Photomacroscope” is a rather fancy name that I have given to taking some bits and pieces that I had lying around and turning them into a variable … Continue reading

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An Infrared Detector with Enhanced Immunity to Daylight Interference

High speed photography in daylight is difficult (and usually not that fast!). In darkness strobe pictures of bullets are made possible by utilizing a fast photo-diode or other photo-sensitive device as a switch – as the bullet passes the detector, … Continue reading

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A better moth trap using LEDs?

Warning: the LEDs used in this project are extremely bright. If you look at them directly you could damage your sight. Definitely don’t look at the UV LED, it may not even appear to be on, but it emits lots … Continue reading

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Improving the electromagnetic shutter, and using the Camera Axe to time it. The Winking Pig is born!

Edit (15/04/15) – added pictures of finished brass version of shutter at end of post along with a picture, and brief description, of the range-finder setup I will be using this year. Well, after a couple of rather frustrating weeks, … Continue reading

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