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Photographing the moon with a drone - A 'How NOT to' guide
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MiniGitmo
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So I am still discovering new ways to do things with my Mini 2.  Sometimes there is more than one way.  Sometimes there is just one way - and sometimes there is only the wrong way.  It seems that perhaps taking (unintentional) photos and video of the moon falls into the latter category.  


Tips from a newbie
Tip 1:  Look where you are going, not where you have been.  No matter how cool it looks on camera
Tip 2:  Trees, particularly the tall ones, are pseudo-magnetic to drones.  If there is just one tall tree in the area, thats the one you will hit.  aka Sod's Law.

It was all going so well .....

1-28 06:47
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Montfrooij
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Thanks for the warnings!
1-28 23:45
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MiniGitmo
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You are welcome Montfrooij but I suspect you didn't need them.  It was a case of enthusiasm over experience - and skill.  Another lesson learned.
1-29 00:27
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DAFlys
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oops.    .
1-29 01:56
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MiniGitmo
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Not quite what I said when it happened.  It came down of its own accord 3 days later after rain, snow and sub-zero temps.  Ripped the gimble off and snapped a motor arm in the 75'+ fall.  On its way to Heliguy as we speak.  
All trees in the area are only about 50 feet tall, except the one I reversed into of course.  Only myself to blame.


1-29 06:43
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DAFlys
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MiniGitmo Posted at 1-29 06:43
Not quite what I said when it happened.  It came down of its own accord 3 days later after rain, snow and sub-zero temps.  Ripped the gimble off and snapped a motor arm in the 75'+ fall.  On its way to Heliguy as we speak.  Only myself to blame.

Ouch,  did Heliguy quote you before you shipped it off for repair?
1-29 06:51
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DAFlys Posted at 1-29 06:51
Ouch,  did Heliguy quote you before you shipped it off for repair?

Not exactly as he thought the battery and or motors may be screwed as well (wet, frozen) but did add that if the total cost or repair exceeds the cost of the unit replacement (~£250/£300!!!!) then thats what they will do.  Groan.  They will inspect and let me know before proceeding.  
1-29 06:58
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DAFlys
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MiniGitmo Posted at 1-29 06:58
Not exactly as he thought the battery and or motors may be screwed as well (wet, frozen) but did add that if the total cost or repair exceeds the cost of the unit replacement (~£250/£300!!!!) then thats what they will do.  Groan.  They will inspect and let me know before proceeding.

I'll cross my fingers for you.  
1-29 07:06
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DAFlys Posted at 1-29 07:06
I'll cross my fingers for you.

Cheers DAFlys.  Appreciated.  I need all the finger-crossing I can get.
1-29 07:34
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DAFlys
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MiniGitmo Posted at 1-29 07:34
Cheers DAFlys.  Appreciated.  I need all the finger-crossing I can get.

You're very welcome.
1-29 07:40
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DAFlys
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MiniGitmo Posted at 1-29 07:34
Cheers DAFlys.  Appreciated.  I need all the finger-crossing I can get.

You're very welcome.
1-29 07:40
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K-Castello
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Trees are actually drone magnets
1-29 11:03
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K-Castello Posted at 1-29 11:03
Trees are actually drone magnets

Yes, I think they are.
1-29 14:59
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Kostaban
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Oh NO!!!
2-10 20:22
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K-Castello Posted at 1-29 11:03
Trees are actually drone magnets

That's for damn sure!

Couple months later.  What was the end result?
4-23 17:53
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