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Optical Pulse Generator


Optical Pulse Generator
This little aid was originally designed to test the Shutter Time Meter from the January 2006 issue. This meter was specifically designed for ‘analogue’ SLR cameras.
In order to measure the exposure time of a camera accurately, it will first have to be checked with a well-defined signal first. This circuit was designed for that purpose. But the circuit can also be used if you need a well-defined pulse for some other purpose.
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Gerber file

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Component list
R1 = 1k
R2,R3 = 1M
R4 = 10k
R5 = 180
C1,C2 = 33pF
C3 = 10nF
C4,C5,C6 = 100nF ceramic, lead pitch 5mm
D1 = HSDL-4230
IC1 = 74HC4060
IC2 = 4518
IC3 = 74HC4017
S1 = pushbutton, make contact, 6mm
J1,J2 = 3-way pinheader with jumper
X1 = 4.096MHz quartz crystal 1 wire link.
PCB, ref. 064006-1
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