DIY Intervalometer using TI-83 Calculator

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  1. anthony.grimes

    anthony.grimes TPF Noob!

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    So I have been interested in doing star photography, and from my understanding the most common method is to take numerous ~30s exposures and merge them.However, I didn't feel like standing out side and pressing the shutter button every 30 seconds for two hours. I found a really good tutorial online about how to turn you TI-83 graphing calculator into an intervalometer.

    All you do is write a custom program for your calculator (code is below), when the program is run it will ask you to enter a value. This value is the time interval in between shots in seconds. Then connect the calculator to your cameras remote shutter connection via the 2.5mm cable provided, and sit back and enjoy.

    The original article can be found here.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-a-TI-Graphing-Calculator-into-an-Intervalomet/

    I edited the code so that the value input was in seconds. My code is as follows:

    Prompt A
    A*212.7 --> A
    While 1
    For (H,1,A,1)
    End
    Send(A)
    End

    **The 212.7 is the scaling factor to convert your input into seconds, this may vary based on calculator.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask...
     
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    did you try yet and if you did how did the photo look
    And what gear are you using
     
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    I have not tried with star photography yet, I live in the city so it is rather difficult. But I have tried the intervalometer and it functions properly. I use a rebel xti. My friend has a rebel xt and it works fine as well. The program will also work on a TI-84.
     
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    Can the TI also be used as a remote shutter release?
     
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    yes it can, the program listed could actually function as a remote shutter. All you would do is enter the time delay and start the program, then stop the program after the first shot. You could code up a different program to act as a remote shutter, if you so desired.
     
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    Thanks for sharing =) Unfortunately, my TI-84 did not come with a 2.5mm to 2.5mm unit-to-unit connector, it only came with a usb cable and a usb unit-to-unit cable.

    Does anyone know which stores in North America, I could find a 2.5mm to 2.5mm cable?
     
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    Would just like to say thanks for posting, im gonna give it a try.
     
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    jamesino
    I used my cable with a friends TI-84 and it worked fine, so if you can find a cable you should be in luck. I would check radio shack, I assume that they would have it. If not, I know you can find them online.

    photogincollege
    Let me know how it works. Be sure to post up some pictures when you are done!
     
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    How would you write that in BASIC? The only programmable calculator I have (Casio CFX-9850GB Plus) uses BASIC instead of whatever Texas Instruments calculators use.

    I know it has to look sorta like this:
    ...but I have no clue what commands I have to use.
     
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    I really like this idea but I shoot a Nikon D80 and the remote shutter release cable is not a 2.5mm jack. Does anyone know where I can find a cable that will work for this setup?
     
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    I know that you can splice one yourself, however, I have not done it with that specific cable so I am unsure as to the proper method.
     
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    I'm not sure what you did for the conversion factor.

    A*212.7 --> A

    I can't find a "-->" arrow on the calculator, so I just entered in "A x 212.7" and when I try to run it, it says Syntax Error
     

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