Build a Stratux in 10 minutes! (ADS-B)

As the 2020 FAA mandate for ADS-B comes upon us, more aircraft are using the ADS-B system. Additionally, weather transmission via towers is a major free source of in-flight weather info. Having recently picked up a new iPad, and subscribing to FireFlight, I decided it was time to add the ability to see ADS-B traffic, […]

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Optical Design comes to the iPad!

Over the past 5 years, almost every project I’ve worked on has required some level of optic design. In many cases, simple designs suffice. For example, projecting an LED can be accomplished at a basic level with an aspheric condenser. But when designs require flat fields, especially corrective elements, or apochromatic performance, it’s time to leverage commercial […]

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Acquisition Speed Comparison of MetaMorph, NIS Elements, Micro-Manager

How fast can a typical imaging system really run? What factors affect this? While most research might not require rapid sequential capture, almost all experiments can benefiet from tight exposure/illumination timing, yet few microscope users are aware of timing delays injected into experiments by the control software they are using. So how much delay is […]

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Arduino Mega 2560 Comparator

So I needed to set up an Arduino Mega as a signal processor. I had a sawtooth signal coming from a device, and I wanted to convert that signal to a 0/5V TTL signal. Now, with something like a sine or sawtooth wave, the question becomes, “At what point do I want to consider this […]

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