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Old 04-04-2011, 11:35 AM
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steve000 (Steve)
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Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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That's great Ron, thanks for that, glad to get his approval.

Progress might be slow as its at mums and im short on cash.

I have gotten the steel for the pier, but i need to get 2 plates replaced as they were cut wrong.
I have also sorted out the electronics.

I will have a solar panel outside on a frame so its off the ground about 1m. The panel will be mounted in a way that will allow it to track the sun, a little circuit from ebay and a low rpm motor will allow tracking. I will also have the back of the frame notched with a pin so I can adjust the tracker assembly up and down to follow the approximate height of the sun.
Deg's Mon actual deg mon actual deg
40 jul 38 jun 40
45 aug 44 may 47
55 sep 53 apr 58
65 oct 65
70 mar 70
75 nov 75
80 Feb 80 dec 82
85 Jan 85

This array via a charger will recharge a 50-80 Ah deep cycle battery.
this will provide power to LED lighting as well as a DC-DC adapter for my eee, 12v cigarette sockets for my scope and usb hub as well as a dc regulator to step down 12v to 7.4 v to power my DSLR, the sockets will be installed in the center of the pier. I will run conduit under the concrete up the center of the pier to keep all cables hidden and away from tripping over.

I will have RED on the floor lighting (attached is what someone else did)
as well as other red lights for stuff. and maybe a bright white light setup of some sort for other purposes.. I like LED's and have 1000's
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