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by mediavets » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:59 pm

bigwade wrote:
claudevh wrote:http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail.aspx?qs=Ok6sVjDQtqYdR6UwTENIZQ%3d%3d
- Mouser Belgium free shipping ! :) : 84 Euros

Maybe I don't get it but the teleskop austria device is 89,- euro, incl. cable, box etc. plug&play
Listed on their site for 99,- eu but the introduction price is 89,- euro.
No need to find a box, soldering etc.......
Shops are closed now for one week.

I agree that it is the best of the Tronisoft alternatives for European customers but things may look a bit different from a US perspective for people with some DIY skills.
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by BeeZed » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:33 pm

jriley wrote:I really would appreciate explicit instructions. I really should be better at electronics, considering my background with them, but I am decades out of touch, really. Certainly, I am not afraid to solder things and get my hands dirty.

I don't have much confidence or experience with this stuff either, but found the bluesmirf easy and reliable too. No configuration issues with papywizard and my nokia 770. (Brewzone is my blog.) You might like to look atJason's description He used a spark fun power supply kit that cost $10. It requires more soldering, so that's why I took a car power supply that output ~5 volts - pre assembled. You probably are going to need to solder the cable anyway...

The input voltage requirements/tolerances for the bluesmirf are on the sparkfun site. (Or any of the other robotics sites that carry sparkfun components.)

There are pretty good pictures in the French lanquage wiki too: http://www.autopano.fr/wiki/action/view/T%C3%AAte_astronomique_Multi-fonctions_Merlin_Interface point a web translator at it and you will get most of the details. There are English versions of most of that information in the forums too. just found one:http://www.autopano.net/forum/p27797-2008-08-14-07-08-41#p27797
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by jackwu » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:51 am

I find this that might suit our needs:
http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?11090117135571
It says that the unit supports both bluetooth and TTL in an 1cm x 3cm board...

* Support TTL232 TX, RX, CTX, RTX

There is a diagram that may be helpful:
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1. Can I use this unit for the mount?

2. If we can, what modification do I need? The guy selling this seems pretty open to custimization requests, and I know nothing about electronics and welding..
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by fma38 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:21 pm

I think it should work. Just be sure to power it with the correct voltage (3.3V?). But I can't read taiwan language, so I can't help more.
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by jackwu » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:35 pm

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by Paul » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:06 pm

submini BT-Module

just arrived:
I've got two submini BT-modules for 9.- €

as quick as I have time, I will try one on my Merlin, needs current converter to 3.3V and is preconfigured 9600baud slave mode


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by Paul » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:56 pm

I've made a PDF how i assembled my BT-module (not the small one of the post above)

http://abso.lutum.net/pics/m1/Pauls_BT_module.pdf

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comments and additions welcome !
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by tarnis » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:22 pm

Has anyone had any luck with Tronisoft yet? Looking to start putting one of these together.

Actually the site still says it's down for maintenance for two working days...figured it was a weekend thing but that was 3 days ago.
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