Monday August 24, 2015

A quick hover above the house in the dark.

This is my first time flying the WLtoys V303 Seeker quad in the dark. I didn't go too high, just hovered a bit above the house. I do like the bright red, blue and green lights - makes it quite easy to see even at height, and tell the orientation.

The GoPro Hero 3 Black doesn't do a particularly good job at night, mostly due to its sensitivity and limited dynamic range. I tried to bring up the "solid black areas" as best I could, but there's a lot of noise in there... so I applied smart noise reduction as best I could, but there's only so much that can be done!

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Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/24 at 12:09 AM
Friday August 21, 2015

A literal spin around the backyard!

As I wait for some extra batteries to arrive (not enough flight time to make a trip somewhere worthwhile), I continue practicing flying the quad in my backyard. This time, I take it up early on a hot, hazy morning... for what turns out to be a number of spins around the horizon. Alas, the tall trees on my property make it tricky to go anywhere and maintain line-of-sight, and at the height this morning, it's so small it's easy to forget its orientation. FPV needed, for sure!

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Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/21 at 7:12 AM
Thursday August 13, 2015

The site for everything that goes fast!

When I built my first radio controlled nitro-powered car many years ago (a Thunder Tiger with a glorious paint job), I wanted to create a site to share content on: tips, tricks, news, videos, whatever. Sadly, that didn�t happen back then... but now that I�m expanding my hobby horizons from RC cars to quadcopters with cameras, I figure it�s about time I make use of this nifty domain!

And so, today I�m very pleased to activate - a name I registered way back in 2000... and plan on using a lot more in the future!

Right now, I�m just starting off with an inexpensive quadcopter I bought direct from China � the WLtoys V303 Seeker, which was (at the time) the cheapest GPS-enabled model I could find, and thus one that wouldn�t blow the bank if (when?) I crashed it. But now that I�ve had a taste as to what these puppies can really do... I�m hoping to get into proper FPV sooner rather than later!

Here�s a quick look at some footage from my second flight, available in 1440p:

Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/13 at 8:04 PM
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