• On/Off switch
  • Ra (variable 22<x<470+22K)
  • Rb (constant...gives me the Off time or Low time)
  • NE555
  • Output to camera (2 pins)
  • Green led= Low time of duty cycle (camera triggering)
  • Red led= High time of duty cycle.
  • Short/Long timings Switch
  • C1= 22 uF
  • C2= 220 uF

Intervalometer schematic

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1) 1 battery 9 V or 12 V
2) 1 IC NE555
3) 1 optoisolator IC 4N25 (or 4N35 or similar)
4) 2 LEDs (maybe 1 green and 1 red)
5) 1 ceramic/polyester capacitor 10 nF
6) 1 electrolytic capacitor 22 uF
7) 1 electrolytic capacitor 47 uF
8) 1 electrolytic capacitor 220 uF
9) 2 resistors 470 Ohm
10) 2 resistors 22 KOhm
11) 1 linear potentiometer 470 KOhm (or 1 Mohm for longer gaps but less precise for short gaps)
12) 1 SPST (Single Pole Single Throw) Switch
13) 1 SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) Switch
14) 1 female mono connector as output (to be connected to exit of 4N25)
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To make this circuit we need to follow the NE555 datasheet on Astable mode.

Without entering too much in details, I need to make a variable duty cycle of ON and OFF. I decided that my camera would trigger on the OFF time which I wanted to make it shortest as possible, so I looked for the right components to make a duty cycle very different from 50%. To make an example, a duty cycle close to 50% would make HIGH and LOW times of the pulses approximately equal... That way the camera trigger would stay longer on short circuit with the result of draining a lot more the batteries.
I followed the following formula to set the components values, where frequency (f) is...

f = 1.44 / [(Ra+2Rb) x C]

So, I will have a photo every Period (T) which is 1/f... T is also made by a high time (T1) and a low time (T2) T=T1+T2

The High time of the curve is given by...

T1= 0.69(Ra+Rb)xC

While the Low time of the curve is given by...

T2= 0.69(RbxC)

In my case I decided to use

* Ra = 22 k in series with a potentiometer of 470 KOhm (even better a 1 MOhm would give longer timings, about the double, but less precise to find a specific second)
* Rb = 22 k (constant)

and 2 capacitors which I interchange with a second switch... I thought about this mod because I can handle the potentiometer more precisely with a x10 factor.

* C1 = 22 uF
* C2 = 220 uF

I decided to use 2 resistors of 22 K because they give me a good pulse when they start (about 1 second) and a clear bright led when camera is triggering. I also tried to put a 2 K for Rb but then the Red led just stays always ON and the Green blinks too fast I cannot even see it.

Please watch the simulation on next image to see how it works.

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  1. UCLA New Orleans [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    What program did you use for that circuit simulation? I have been looking for something like that! Also nice project, i am thinking of making one!

  2. fjseb 58 months ago | reply

    Very nice. (Seen on DIYphotography)
    Something definetly worth trying. Thanks for sharing

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