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Jul 25, 2009, 10:45 PM
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The truth about camera shutter pins

We haven't used a camera shutter pin since 2007. Vika 1 showed all that business of camera shutter modes & timing shutter events is a waste. You're better off getting it continuously shooting before takeoff & shooting the entire time. Why risk losing the shot because something wasn't configured to go off at the moment of truth?

The only time we used shutter pins was the extremely crummy pencam which needed 1 pulse every 10 seconds & didn't have continuous shooting mode. It's as heavy as the A560 with buck converter. New cameras record hours & hours of video.

The only use of a shutter pin would be very long exposures where U held attitude constant for the exposure, but that's not very feasible on Vika 1.

Dobson test shots

The first test shots with the Dobson show it's a huge improvement over a tripod. No wobbling. Final glitches removed, it now has very precise aiming. Light enough to carry up & down stairs. No need to lock the wheels. The most precise aiming comes from tapping the stick. Definitely need bungies to transport the gear. Remove camera before transport, in case it runs off the road.

U know, it probably could have been a lot smaller with precision machine tooling.

Timelapse motion control requires removing the accelerometer & magnetometer from Vika 1, which requires opening the IMU, which requires the rework for 900mhz.
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