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  1. Mognet

    D3400 for AP

    From my testing, DigiCamControl is the one to go for with the D3400. It does everything on my test list, except for zoom. And that's probably because the zoom cannot be controlled from the camera either. It can show the live view straight from the camera with very little lag, and allows fine control of focus. It can also zoom in on the live view, which will help with tighter focus on stars and planets. And it also has an astronomy mode for longer exposures, can capture to either card or PC, or both, and doesn't require installation of Nikon's own software and drivers. qDSLRDashboard failed to see the camera, even with the proper Nikon software installed on the laptop. I normally use the D3100 with an intervalometer for my astro photos, but here's one I did back in September with the D3400 on a tripod using the self timer trick I mentioned earlier. It's 66x10seconds, ISO1600, f2.5 with a Nikkor 35mm 1.8G prime lens. Processed in Sequator as it's the only way I've successfully removed lens distortion and finished off with GIMP.
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    D3400 for AP

    I'm just in the middle of setting it up to test. I'm going to test with the kit lens, and I have a list of things to be checked Live view Focus adjustment Zoom control Aperture adjustment White balance Capture time Interval time Capture to card or laptop If I remember correctly it can do all of these and more. It's been a while since I tried it with this camera, and that was on the old and now very unhealthy laptop
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    D3400 for AP

    I'll try these again tonight and see what bits work
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    D3400 for AP

    The D3400 can be controlled from the PC. I tested mine out a while back with either qDSLRDashboard or DigiCamControl and had it working. You'll need a micro USB cable for it, which are pretty common and you might have one already as it's the same as type used for Android phone charge cables. I don't think there's any limit on the exposure times working this way, but I've not tried it for astrophotography yet. There is also a handy option in the self timer modes to take up to 9 photos in succession. It's not the best solution for imaging as the maximum capture time from the standard camera options is 30 seconds. I've used it a couple of times for tripod based widefields
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    Heads up ! Starcount !

    Best I've managed from home recently is six, even after the local streetlights have gone out. I'm blaming the Southend to Basildon corridor for that
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    Is FLO Safe?

    I should have also added cat not included. Mara likes to investigate boxes and bags, and this one had to be thoroughly investigated
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    Is FLO Safe?

    Telescope packages are usually quite well protected. My Skywatcher 200p arrived in a box within a box, both of heavy duty corrugated cardboard, and with polystyrene packing suspending the tube within the inner box. WIth this level of packaging it's going to be difficult to break in transit
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    3D Printers

    The tyre profile looked rather flat to me. That might explain why the bike was a bit wobbly even on gentle corners
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    3D Printers

    Looks like @Ginahas competition for the Concorde printer. The BigRep One is an FFF/FDM printer with a build volume of a cubic metre. No mention of pricing. Motorbike printing is optional though! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-46894072/nera-the-3d-printed-electric-motorbike
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    3D Printers

    For the modern languages I use (Java, Scala and Gherkin) an IDE is great, and I wouldn't be without one even if I did spend a large number of years writing in plain text editors. OpenSCad is like taking a step back to those days, but fortunately the language is simple enough that a text editor is fine. Code-wise it's a bit like writing in C
  11. I was rather pleased with this, especially as the original stack of Gemini was quite flat and uninspiring
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    3D Printers

    I'll add a vote for TinkerCad as it's really easy to use for basic designs. Blender is very good, and is worth spending some time learning if you want to create more complex designs. Both are visual tools, so you can see how it looks as you work. I'm not sure I would recommend OpenSCad to start with even though I use it. It's great for parametric designs and anything that needs calculations, but it requires a certain mindset. The language is easy enough, it's thinking in design terms and then translating it into code that causes some people problems. If you do want to try it, grab the latest development snapshot rather than the stable version as it has all the documented features.
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    Accoustic mirrors.

    I'd assume that bullets fired from below would be slowed by the pull of gravity and spend more time in the envelope. I don't know a whole lot about ballistics though
  14. Hmmm...sounds like I'm going to end up trying to image a bonsai tree through the prongs of a sonic spork!

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