Hi. I’m Andrew Hazelden, a visual effects artist and co-founder of Dover Studios, Inc. This is my blog about fulldome production, photography, visual effects and electronics. I have a passion for sharing knowledge and enjoy writing about the hobby experiments I do on weekends and the the tools I use everyday.
My average blog post might be about anything from building an underwater ROV, flying a model airplane, compiling a mental ray shader, creating a time-lapse video, or doing stereoscopic 3D photography.
My electronics workshop currently has a set of MikroElektronika PIC, dsPIC, and PIC32 development tools, a Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope, a 3.5x to 90x trinocular zoom boom microscope with a canon EOS t-ring and a Canon 10D DSLR, an Aoyue 968 solder station, a bottle of ferric chloride, a package of Pulsar Pro FX toner transfer paper, and a laser printer and laminator that I use for creating toner transfer printed circuit boards. My favorite soldering tips on the Aoyue are the hoof and Aoyue T-H sharp bent type soldering iron tip because they work really well with “through hole” parts. I have a full size drill press and a band-saw that come in handy on most home-built projects. Somehow every project I do seems to require at least a bit of duct tape and some hot glue during the build phase.
My current desktop computer is an Apple Mac Pro System.
The software I prefer using for developing electronics is MikroC Pro for PIC and MikroC Pro for dsPIC for writing C code software for microcontrollers, and Diptrace for designing schematics and PCB circuit board layout. My favorite text editor on Mac OS X is TextWrangler and on Windows is Notepad++.