Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by Doranwen
27 May 2021, 20:59
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

Thanks, that was helpful. My brother thinks he'll mount it on a frame for now as you suggested and worry about setting up a proper mount to be able to remove it easier later if we want. Hopefully we'll be able to avoid shadow issues. :)
by Doranwen
27 May 2021, 14:03
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

I went ahead and ordered the bundle that was linked here - my brother did his own research (asking some people he knew, lol) and concurred that the Viltrox lights would probably be superior. The only tricky bit is how to get it mounted. He says a "single shoe mount" is what is needed. Any recommenda...
by Doranwen
13 May 2021, 23:32
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

When you first mentioned using smartphones, and I think mentioned a particular model, a quick search I did for a review of that model I think mentioned good results in low light conditions. But that was a while ago so I would certainly do some more research yourself to be sure. Unfortunately, the o...
by Doranwen
13 May 2021, 01:20
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

Those LED flood lights put out a lot of light, but are heavy and generate an inordinate amount of heat. They are also wider than some other lights and that requires the light to be mounted higher to prevent it from being reflected off the platen and into the scanned image. I also found that they ha...
by Doranwen
11 May 2021, 11:49
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

The Trendmart Flood Light you linked to on Amazon looks suitable but there is a problem: it is currently not available, and I would think that it has quite possibly been discontinued and likely will not become available again... :( That's odd, because it's in my cart and I could've purchased it jus...
by Doranwen
10 May 2021, 20:04
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

Yeah, there's definitely a weight difference on the two I linked - the 20-watt one on Amazon (which looked to be single-chip, but I can't tell for sure) is only slightly heavier than the 20-watt one on Home Depot. The 30-watt one was significantly heavier, so if 20-watt is sufficient lighting, I'm t...
by Doranwen
09 May 2021, 18:55
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

Had to give up on Home Depot. I can load the individual product page that was linked (and that's a first, usually they display all distorted) but with my 'net I *cannot* get any browsing page to load whatsoever. I tried calling the local store and my call got dropped twice (first time almost right a...
by Doranwen
08 May 2021, 00:53
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Re: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

Regarding the LED lamp the following considerations apply: o You need a 'line' powered lamp rather than any other type. o You don't want a 'PIR' lamp as it will not produce a continuous light output. o You don't want a lamp described as 'RGB', which is designed to be able to output light of a selec...
by Doranwen
04 May 2021, 22:30
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 62
Views: 9531

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

He referred in one of his later posts to his preparing a spreadsheet with his revised dimensions, but I don't see it in the above thread, which seems to have ended soon afterwards. I don't know if there are any other relevant threads on which he has posted further details. It's not a spreadsheet bu...
by Doranwen
04 May 2021, 12:04
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Lighting for PVC pipe scanner
Replies: 20
Views: 2222

Lighting for PVC pipe scanner

As far as I can tell, the parts list I found for this scanner lists the following lighting elements needing purchasing: https://www.instructables.com/Book-Scanner-Low-cost-easy-to-make-1000-pages-an-h/ 30 watt energy saving lamp clip on lamp holder aluminium meat tin reflector In the Instructable it...