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Reply #210 - Oct 1st, 2015 at 8:12am
 
We have some new items that may help keep your scope and accessories organized.

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Reply #211 - Jan 26th, 2016 at 12:30pm
 
While I am waiting for the scope to arrive I'm trying to prepare a home for it.

I am considering purchasing the aluminum boom offered by autonerdz, although I don't necessarily want to deal with building a DIY box for all the leads. Is there any manufacture-red products like that one's shown in the thread.

I was looking at this toolchest, and adding a swivel for the laptop mount and boom on top. I am not sure if I should go with this style, or a taller unit and hide the laptop inside the actual box how some members have done.

Any thoughts or insight from those using this a lot already?

I considered cannibalizing my old Sun Machine 500 machine...although it's rather large and clunky.
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Reply #212 - Feb 22nd, 2016 at 8:25am
 
Jan Kraakman wrote on Aug 26th, 2008 at 3:21pm:
Hey guys,
Here's an update of my setup with Mac's Pico Boom Smiley
It would have been expensive to ship the actual boom overseas so Mac only send me the box with wiring and the switches. So I went to the metal wholesale company across the street and lucky me Smiley they just had the (mis) fabrication that I needed lying in the scrap department for Free Smiley
With some minor modifications and mounting hinges the boom was ready to recieve the box and wiring.
Along with the switches I also added connectors for my Snap-On scanner, 5-gas and a USB for the Auto Enginuity scanner Roll Eyes

More tomorrow Wink † Jan.



Pardon my ignorance but what is the purpose of the switches?

I am currently building my boom, and wasn't sure what the purpose was?

Thanks!
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Reply #213 - Feb 22nd, 2016 at 10:11am
 
bigKinSD wrote on Feb 22nd, 2016 at 8:25am:
Pardon my ignorance but what is the purpose of the switches?


The switches were to engage and disengage the neons that were for the purpose of shunting high voltage.  They didn't really work well anyway.  If I was building one now, I would forget about all that stuff and simply hang the scope from the boom.
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Reply #214 - Feb 23rd, 2016 at 9:41am
 
Thanks for the tip Tom.

After reading a lot of information about probe extensions and all the heartache, that is going to be the easiest solution. I will simply run a high quality long USB through my boom, and mount my pico on the end of it.

Do these units get hot and should I add some kind of ventilation to deal with them getting warm?

Lastly, is it okay to mount the pico vertically with the 4 connectors pointing down?
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Reply #215 - Feb 23rd, 2016 at 10:53am
 
bigKinSD wrote on Feb 23rd, 2016 at 9:41am:
Do these units get hot and should I add some kind of ventilation to deal with them getting warm?


You would think that with all the power these scopes have that they would dim the lights and double as a hand warmer but they don't generate much heat a all... no worries.

bigKinSD wrote on Feb 23rd, 2016 at 9:41am:
Lastly, is it okay to mount the pico vertically with the 4 connectors pointing down?



Sure. 

Pico only makes the one length (1.8m) USB 3.0 cable for the 4425.  Depending on your arrangement, you may have to use a more direct route to the PC rather than going through the boom.  As long as it's up and out of the way, you won't trip over it.  That also makes it easier to grab and go should you need to do a road run.
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Reply #216 - Feb 25th, 2016 at 8:15pm
 
Last question, will I be okay using a high quality usb 3.0 extension cord?
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Reply #217 - Feb 26th, 2016 at 9:17am
 
bigKinSD wrote on Feb 25th, 2016 at 8:15pm:
will I be okay using a high quality usb 3.0 extension cord?


I would think so.  As long as you keep the length to a minimum.  I would stay less than 3m.  It's best to use the Pico cable though if you can.
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Reply #218 - Feb 26th, 2016 at 7:29pm
 
Here is some pics of my setup, I used some materials I had on hand and it has worked out great for me, I did not loose any storage space either. The riser holds my computer at a comfortable working height and the boom swings 360* to reach the cars in either bay. That is with the blue usb cable that came with the 4425, it is plenty long enough. Note I drilled the hole for the boom pivot at 10* angle to keep it pitched upwards a bit. The leads hang from the head of an old IV pole I got from the hospital my wife works at. The wire shelving works well so I can see thru when reaching the sockets and wrenches below, also keeps the laptop with plenty of ventilation.
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Reply #219 - Feb 26th, 2016 at 7:43pm
 
Oops the pics came out sideways for some reason, if you click the picture heading it will open a new page right side up. Embarrassed
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Reply #220 - Nov 29th, 2016 at 2:12pm
 
Hey guys I found this.
https://www.amazon.com/SRA-Cases-EN-AC-FG-BC47-Aluminum-22-4x15x7-5/dp/B00NP4JWQ...
Does anyone know if cases are made with shelves?  Thought I could house the pico on the bottom with leads extensions, drill out 8 holes on the case, and put in bncs.  Then have the top layer to store the laptop.  When in use I put the laptop on top of the case with velcro to keep it sturdy.  Then put additional handles on it to carry it.  Thoughts?  One of the other members has done something similiar to this. Smiley
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Reply #221 - Nov 29th, 2016 at 4:36pm
 

Busjockey,

Ask Josh about his Pelican case.  He had it here for class one time.  Nice.  And tough.  Maybe he can put up some pics here.
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Reply #222 - Nov 30th, 2016 at 1:39am
 
busjockey wrote on Nov 29th, 2016 at 2:12pm:


Mike nobbyclrk in reply 47 has a similar set up you are looking into

busjockey wrote on Nov 29th, 2016 at 2:12pm:
Does anyone know if cases are made with shelves?


Not sure but some core flute and vacuum line around it and have it velcroed would work as a semi rigid self with it open for a laptop without breaking the bank

Are you after a waterproof or resistant set up?

Pedro has a pretty slick mobile set up with a beta tools collapsible cart but that thing is expensive

http://www.beta-tools.com/catalog/articles/view/C27S/__lang_en/__catlang_en/__ca...
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Reply #223 - Nov 30th, 2016 at 10:45am
 
I just purchased a rigid brand case I am going to modify.  Thought about getting a Pelican but I don't want to drill holes in that,lol.  Anybody know where I can get velcro strips to secure my scopes and laptop?
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Reply #224 - Nov 30th, 2016 at 4:06pm
 
busjockey wrote on Nov 29th, 2016 at 2:12pm:
Hey guys I found this.
https://www.amazon.com/SRA-Cases-EN-AC-FG-BC47-Aluminum-22-4x15x7-5/dp/B00NP4JWQ...
Does anyone know if cases are made with shelves?† Thought I could house the pico on the bottom with leads extensions, drill out 8 holes on the case, and put in bncs.† Then have the top layer to store the laptop.† When in use I put the laptop on top of the case with velcro to keep it sturdy.† Then put additional handles on it to carry it.† Thoughts?† One of the other members has done something similiar to this. Smiley

Harbor Freight. Comes with dividers and foam is precut. Can't seem to get pictures attached. 18x6x13

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