17 OCTOBER 2010
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.
Initial tests using the Merlin mount...
08 OCTOBER 2010
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...
03 SEPTEMBER 2010
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...
13 AUGUST 2010
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...
31 MAY 2010
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...
02 MAY 2010
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...
28 FEBRUARY 2010
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...
13 FEBRUARY 2010
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...
25 JANUARY 2010
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...
19 JANUARY 2010
Yesterday my old G5 Apple iMac started to crash and have screen corruption with windows appearing to freeze and then leave parts behind when moving around. After a hour the computer was crashing as soon as it booted and the...
06 JANUARY 2010
I have updated the site gallery with a flickr feed of my latest updates to Flickr
02 JANUARY 2010
These were taken using the full Bowens studio kit to light the item using softboxes and light the background with separate lights to give a more even light over the items.
Below are some new samples of what we can do with...
30 DECEMBER 2009
After looking at various ways to show stock items in a better format for our ecommerce sites we thought it would be good to have 360 rotating images of the items.
Commercial systems to do this cost thousands and as we...
20 DECEMBER 2009
On the recently redesigned Virtual Swanage website we thought it would be useful to have a Twitter feed with daily events being submitted once a day from the websites event diary.
We considered manually updating the site...
21 NOVEMBER 2009
DIY CNC Mill Controller for Stepper Motor Milling Machine
This addon to our CNC mill was made to allow manual control of the mills cnc stepper motors using a pair of 2 axis joysticks obtained from a broken radio control...
26 OCTOBER 2009
DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger MK 2
A DIY optical camera flash or camera trigger using a laser and PIC Processor based timer circuit.
Following from the basic high speed photography trigger we made, we found that...