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  • goldfishrock commented on goldfishrock's instructable Shed 12v Solar Lighting System1 month ago
    Shed 12v Solar Lighting System

    Thank you very much :-)

    Thank you :-) Glad it's helped with your project.OK, as you identified, the two terminal blocks under the controller are for the battery and solar panel. Ignore them. If you notice there is a red/black pair that come from the far right connector of the contoller and disappear through the board. They reappear above the fuse block and connect to a single fuse. From there into a terminal block where they are split into two outputs (which then go back behind the board and you'll notice exit right) and on to switches and the LED strips. The terminal block is used purely to split the single output and allow for future expansion if needed.It is the same as the diagram below the main photo apart from it splits into two after the fuse block. There is nothing clever happening behind the board, I ...see more »Thank you :-) Glad it's helped with your project.OK, as you identified, the two terminal blocks under the controller are for the battery and solar panel. Ignore them. If you notice there is a red/black pair that come from the far right connector of the contoller and disappear through the board. They reappear above the fuse block and connect to a single fuse. From there into a terminal block where they are split into two outputs (which then go back behind the board and you'll notice exit right) and on to switches and the LED strips. The terminal block is used purely to split the single output and allow for future expansion if needed.It is the same as the diagram below the main photo apart from it splits into two after the fuse block. There is nothing clever happening behind the board, I wanted to route the cables that way to keep the front side as tidy as possible.If you need anymore info, just shout :-)

    Ok. Ignore the two terminal blocks under the controller. As you identified, they are the 'feeds', the Solar Panel and Battery. You'll notice there are two wires (Red/Black) on the far right of the connections in the bottom of the controller which disappear through a hole? Those are the outputs to the lights. Those reappear and connect at the top of the fuse block and from there to the terminal block below. This is on the board to allow me to split the single output for two lighting circuits. The two outputs from that pass back to the rear of the board and you can just see them exit right from behind the board. Those feed into switches and on to the LED strips. There is nothing going on behind the board.... I just wanted to route the wires through to the back to keep the front tidy. So t...see more »Ok. Ignore the two terminal blocks under the controller. As you identified, they are the 'feeds', the Solar Panel and Battery. You'll notice there are two wires (Red/Black) on the far right of the connections in the bottom of the controller which disappear through a hole? Those are the outputs to the lights. Those reappear and connect at the top of the fuse block and from there to the terminal block below. This is on the board to allow me to split the single output for two lighting circuits. The two outputs from that pass back to the rear of the board and you can just see them exit right from behind the board. Those feed into switches and on to the LED strips. There is nothing going on behind the board.... I just wanted to route the wires through to the back to keep the front tidy. So the circuit is pretty well the same as the diagram below the main photo... just that the output is split after the fuse box.If you need any more info.... just shout :-)

    Thanks :-)

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  • goldfishrock commented on chris_maker's instructable The Solar Shed1 month ago
    The Solar Shed

    Nicely done Chris :-)

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  • goldfishrock commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
    Wireless All Sky Camera

    As with all things astronomy, the ASI cameras come with astronomical price tags! However this is because they can be used for long-exposure imaging (which causes the sensor to heat up which in turn causes degradation to the image.) which you won't need on this project.... so I would have thought that a good quality webcam would work fine.Have a look at the Microft Lifecams. They are cheap and easily modded. In fact my first planatary webcam I had for my telescope was a modded Lifecamhttp://dslrmodifications.com/lifecam/lifecam1.htmlI'm going to try this project but using a Lifecam instead of an ASI. Give it a go :-)

    The ASI224 is optimised for astronomy and as with most things in Astronomy, the price tag is high...... however, you should be able to use any half decent USB camera for this project. The biggest problem is heating up of the actual image sensor which can cause degradation to the images... however you aren't going to be doing timed exposures for this sort of imaging, it shouldn't be a problem. Although I am lucky enough to have an ASI camera.... I don't think I will use it for this, I'll try something else. Microsoft Lifecam have a good reputation and are used by astronomers for planetary imaging.... cheap and good quality. See this article... (http://dslrmodifications.com/lifecam/lifecam1.html...Give it a go!

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  • goldfishrock commented on goldfishrock's instructable Shed 12v Solar Lighting System4 months ago
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  • goldfishrock commented on goldfishrock's instructable Shed 12v Solar Lighting System4 months ago
    Shed 12v Solar Lighting System

    Thank you so much :-)

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