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Time value: shooting time (Tv camera value) [Papywizard Camera Tab]

Do I understand correctly that "Time value: shooting time (Tv camera value)" under the Camera Tab in Papywizard is referring to the amount of time the circuit for triggering the camera is completed? My camera (Fuji S2) has no port for a remote trigger nor a IR sensor. I am concocting a servo-based s...
by jriley
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:22 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Time value: shooting time (Tv camera value) [Papywizard Camera Tab]
Replies: 2
Views: 1503

I am considering purchasing a battery pack to power the Orion head. Before purchasing, I hope someone can share real-world experience regarding battery life with what mA-hr (or A-hr) batteries. Is 2200 mA-hr enough? How long would you get powering the head and (Tronisoft) Bluetooth? Would it be nece...
by jriley
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:02 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Powering the Merlin/Orion
Replies: 66
Views: 20293

Just a quick thought: if needed, is the camera trigger something that could be done via a signal from Papywizard?
by jriley
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: New Merlin head?
Replies: 18
Views: 7051

Hi all, I'm also looking for an external power source for the merlin, trawling through ebay I discovered this item 12V-3500mAh Li ion Batt, and it has a small footprint. All for £16 / €17 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12V-3500mAh-Lithium-Battery-Pack-With-Auto-Charger_W0QQitemZ390020756750QQcmdZViewItem...
by jriley
Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:02 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Powering the Merlin/Orion
Replies: 66
Views: 20293

If you to to http://www.skywatcherusa.com/multifunction-mount-s21300.html or http://www.telescopes.com/telescope-accessories/mounts-and-tripods/skywatchermultifunctionmount.cfm , you can get the old version (branded as the Sky-Watcher MultiFunction Mount) for $175. If you get it from telescopes.com,...
by jriley
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:15 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: New Merlin head?
Replies: 18
Views: 7051

Paul wrote:just two resistors, that's all
power direct from merlins 12V

Can you straighten me out on why we need the resistors?

John
by jriley
Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

Buy in bulk, add a case, wire and profit and you get up to about $130 :P At current exchange rates US$130 is approx. 98 Euros - and the introductory price of the Teleskop-Austria device (fully assembled, plug-n-play, with a 2 year warranty) one-off is 89 Euros, and thereafter 99 Euros. OK - $121 th...
by jriley
Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

RN-24 module sounds good, but require a small PCB to wire all pins. Final price will be very close to Teleskop-Austria product, I think... Why do you think we need a printed circuit board? I thought we would only need the 4pins as they say in the description: "Complete embedded solution, simplest m...
by jriley
Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

I have been digging through a lot of Bluetooth converter supplier's sites and come up with something that seems ideal. Now I ask you to either rain on my parade or let me know I should be happy. Roving Networks has a Bluetooth module that, I think, looks perfect for us: The RN-24 Bluetooth Super Mod...
by jriley
Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:33 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

Hi John and the others .... For the States, I thing that actually a solution based on the Sparkfun's module will be the best one . BUT... you will have to assemble and solder a Power supply unit (PSU), to connect the PSU to the Sparkfun module and to make a cable ... Herafter the necessary links : ...
by jriley
Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

Alternatives to Tronisoft

As discussed in another thread, the Tronisoft folks seem to have gone missing or something, so I am considering alternatives for Bluetooth control. (1) I am aware of the unit from Ursa Minor http://www.ursaminor.hu/bluetooth_interface_en.html . However 99 euros is pretty high, especially if you are ...
by jriley
Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:00 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Alternatives to Tronisoft
Replies: 32
Views: 13905

My order was placed on January 5, 2009. It remains unfulfilled as of Jan 23.

Transaction ID: 14U64466BD524980X

John
by jriley
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

:D At least I now know there is someone alive at Tronisoft! Being a little devious, I thought it was more likely that I would get a response if I sent an email to "sales@tronisoft.com" instead of support, etc. I simply said "Can I ask someone a sales/shipping question?", which really is honest, righ...
by jriley
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

I ordered my kit from Tronisoft on 21st December, I later enquired re delay and was advised they would check if parcel was missing in post, if so they would resend, I have heard nothing from them since. Now they do not answer emails including a complaint I logged on their site. Jim Now, that is dis...
by jriley
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

mediavets wrote:John,

What camera/lens are you planning to use on the Merlin with Papywizard?

I will be using a Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 on a Fuji S2 Pro and maybe a 200mm and shorter depending on what I am doing.
by jriley
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

I guess it is a race to see whether the head or Tronisoft gets here first for me. I ordered both on the same day. I knew the head would be slow as they quoted a long time before it drop-shipped from the warehouse. I couldn't complain, since I got it for US$165 with free shipping! From this supplier ...
by jriley
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?

I ordered the customized Bluetooth to Serial Adapter kit from Tronisoft on January 5. My Paypal was debited immediately and I got an order confirmation email from them. I am surprised that I haven't received it yet (as of January 19), since it was in stock according to their site and the $13.75 ship...
by jriley
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:27 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Tronisoft Bluetooth to Serial Adapter shipping or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 9591

Merlin/Orion computer control protocol

Do any of you know what serial protocol the Merlin/Orion/Teletrack head uses? Is it the same as a Meade, Celestron, other? Is the serial connector an RS-232? I am considering controlling the head from my Macintosh using one of the numerous applications for scopes. I can't find anything about the ser...
by jriley
Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:10 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Merlin/Orion computer control protocol
Replies: 2
Views: 2256

Way to release Fuji S2?

I am seriously considering getting an Orion head, but one worry is having an automatic shutter release. The Fuji S2, though it can be controlled over Firewire from a computer, does not have either an electronic release connector OR an IR sensor. The only method of remote release is with a mechanical...
by jriley
Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:01 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Way to release Fuji S2?
Replies: 4
Views: 2543

There is a strong relation between focal length and field of view ... I recently discovered this feature and found it being useful: Thanks, but I tried changing the value in the "move image" window too. APP locked up with 100% processor use when I hit the check mark. In the end, editing the APP fil...
by jriley
Thu May 22, 2008 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Autopano - Bugs et discussions (FR)
Topic: 1.4.0 RC2 Win : Groupe par focale !
Replies: 14
Views: 6382

An update is definitely in order for my post. I got the (obvious? bright?) idea to open the project file in my text editor (didn't know that it was just XML!) When I looked for the problem image, it had the FisheyeRadius listed as zero! Compare the two image properties below; the problem image is th...
by jriley
Thu May 22, 2008 5:23 am
 
Forum: Autopano - Bugs et discussions (FR)
Topic: 1.4.0 RC2 Win : Groupe par focale !
Replies: 14
Views: 6382

J'ai eu des problèmes qui ressemblent à  ça avec des focales affichées dans l'éditeur de panoramas plus ou moins idiotes, mais j'ai rien dit jusqu'ici parce que je n'arrivais pas à  faire un rapport d'erreur qui tienne debout! 1) Le test le plus clair que j'ai fait: assembler deux photos au fisheye...
by jriley
Thu May 22, 2008 4:52 am
 
Forum: Autopano - Bugs et discussions (FR)
Topic: 1.4.0 RC2 Win : Groupe par focale !
Replies: 14
Views: 6382
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