The following documentation describes some ways of providing a TTL-Bluetooth interface for Merlin/Orion head.
The Merlin-Orion panohead communicates with a simple serial protocol. Hardware configuration of the serial line is 9600-8N1 (9600 bits/s, 8 data bits, No parity, 1 stop bit).
- NOTE - AT PRESENT WE CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS TRONISOFT KIT BECAUSE OF SUPPLY PROBLEMS
Tronisoft Ltd - a British supplier - offers an complete TTL-Bluetooth interface kit, developed in cooperation with Claude Vanhemmens, for the Merlin/Orion head.
This is the least expensive TTL-Bluetooth interface available.
The Tronisoft interface kit comprises a special RS232-TTL module, the BTLink RS232-Bluetooth adapter, and a special cable. Power for all the components is provided from the Merlin head via the interface cable which plugs into the socket on the head normally used to connect the hand controller.
The user has to undertake some simple assembly work, which does not require soldering nor any knowledge of electronics, and must also configure the correct settings in the BTLink RS232-Bluetooth adapter.
The Tronisoft interface kit does not include a box to enclose the RS232-TTL module, users will have to fabricate their own enclosure - you can find various suggestions on the Autopano Pro forum.
- The Tronisoft interface kit
- Configuring the Tronisoft BTLink Bluetooth adapter
- Connecting the special cable to the Tronisoft RS232-TTL module
Teleskop-Austria - an Austrian supplier - offers a fully assembled plug-and-play TTL-Bluetooth interface kit for the Merlin/Orion head.
It is more expensive than the Tronisoft interface kit.
The Deltawave "PapyMerlin" Bluetooth
The Deltawave "PapyMerlin" Bluetooth module has been designed specialy for the project on basis of the original design of Fréderic FMA38 (father of Papywizard, AKA "FMA38" as member of the Autopano forum), build by the small german business "Deltawave Solutions" according instructions of Claude (AKA "claudevh" as member of the Autopano forum) and actually distributed by Claude after configuration, inclusion in a box and equiped with a cable/connector... so it become a fully assembled "plug & play" system for PapyMerlin ...
About the same price as the Tronisoft interface kit.