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Equipment Modding a camera to run from an external battery pack

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by Awoken, 15 Feb 2015.

  1. Awoken

    Awoken Gazing at the stars

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    We've got a new mission for this academic year called ‘Sun Chaser'. The team’s aim is to capture footage of the Sun’s rise over the horizon of the planet from the Stratosphere. In order to achieve this, they will construct a mathematical model which can predict the time of sunrise from altitude. They will also design and build two new probes (names to be announced). The launches will take place in the dead of night in Wales and will be timed so that as the probes are reaching their peak altitude, the Sun’s disc will just be visible over the horizon.

    We're planning to use a new camera, a Canon IXUS 140, alongside a reliable old Canon A810. Both will have CHDK Firmware loaded and an intervalometer script. The IXUS 140 is a little more tricky as the Li-ion battery won't work due to the extreme cold so we're looking at an external power solution. I'm thinking about getting a third party ACK-DC90 for the battery adaptor but what we need then is a power pack which supplies the 3.7V of the original Li-ion. We've got to use Energizer L91 Lithium's as they are the only batteries proven to work at -30-40C.

    Has anyone seen an adaptor or circuit that can turn 3V into 3.7V? I'm concerned as with two batteries in series we get 3V which at cold temperatures will be too little to keep the camera going. With three batteries in series we get 4.5V which will be too much and will probably damage the camera if it works at all.

    Any help you can offer would be much appreciated!



    If you want to find out more about the mission pop over to: http://horizon.qmgs.walsall.sch.uk/ (there's a good YouTube Channel as well).
     
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  2. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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    Just have a google for an adjustable voltage regulator, one that can take in 0-9v say, and has an adjustable output.
     
  3. Awoken

    Awoken Gazing at the stars

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    Thanks for this, we've done a little research and found a few circuits that fit the bill. Now we've just got to find equivalent parts as some branded parts are difficult to get cheaply in the UK.
     

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