Posted: Sunday 17 October 2010 23:36
We purchased an Acuter Merlin/Orion Motorised AZ Mount to use with our Canon 5D Mk 2 camera on a 50 foot telescopic mast fitted to our Land Rover Defender for high level photography for our new business venture (www.apexviews.co.uk)
Initial tests using the Merlin mount and a software driver (Papywizard) to move the Merlin mount and the Canon EOS... read more
Posted: Friday 08 October 2010 21:07
We have added a split charge system to the land rover so we can power the laptop and compressor from a second battery when using the Clark Mast.
The rear seats on the passenger side have been removed and a box built with a padded top to hold the battery, jack and recovery kit. On the end of the box we fitted two isolator switches and a voltage senstive... read more
Posted: Friday 03 September 2010 12:03
Ever think some companies include too much packing wit your orders ?
I ordered a single 18 pin DIP chip from RS Components and expected it to ship in a small bag, this is what turned up today!
The box which is over 70cm long box
With lots of brown paper inside
And a long bag inside again.
And inside the bag was a long plastic strip with the... read more
Posted: Friday 13 August 2010 16:05
Merlin Panohead Modifications to take Canon 5D Mk 2
I recently purchased a Merlin Panohead for using with the 15m telescopic mast which is on order for aerial photography.
I found that the Merlin Panohead's standard camera mounting bracket doesn't allow the camera to be mounted centrally above the vertical pivot and it needed to be modified to allow... read more
Posted: Monday 31 May 2010 22:42
Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill Dremel Addon
More updates for the Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill. In order to drill PCB's and work on some small engraving jobs we found that we needed a much faster spindle speed than the standard motor will allow. We purchased a Dremel 300 series drill kit which has a rotation speed up to 30,000 rpm.
A... read more
Posted: Sunday 02 May 2010 20:07
HTC Desire Dock / Wooden Stand
After buying an HTC Desire smartphone, I tried to find a suitable dock or stand for holding the phone while syncing and charging the phone. I ordered one from ebay over 3 weeks ago but the seller has let me down and hasn't sent it.
After looking for a suitable material to make a Desire dock from, we found a piece of... read more
Posted: Tuesday 20 April 2010 23:02
I have written a small app for my new HTC desire phone which I got last week and I was hoping that some of the other Desire users could help beta test it :)
The app gets places to eat, accommodation, events and local news from my community site at http://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/
Any feedback, good or bad is very welcome :)
Next is the iPhone... read more
Posted: Sunday 28 February 2010 16:50
More info about the photography issues for this law on http://www.stop43.org.uk
UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public
The Digital Economy Bill is now expected to become law within the next 6 weeks. It introduces orphan works usage rights, which - unless amended,... read more
Posted: Saturday 13 February 2010 23:06
The original machine when we purchased it
Our original milling machine has undergone several modifications since we purchased it.
First was a new longer bed and then a diy CNC conversion with the control box being relocated, and in December 2009 we purchased a belt drive kit to make it quieter to use. This... read more
Posted: Monday 25 January 2010 20:31
When we purchased the milling machine which was later converted to be CNC we also purchased a Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe, the lathe was ok for working with larger materials (over 3mm) but due to excessive vibration from the machine when it was running it wasn't possible to work smaller materials and get a consistent finish.
Recently we needed to... read more