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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: August 27, 2018, 07:07:04 pm
Hi, Chas!  Thanks for an input - wish I could see examples of best/worst shots & them from a zoomin then. Also, I did read some reviews say that these cameras is "not the Sony it used to be".
I need a compact camera which I can carry in my pants' pocket like a smartphone.  It must have high zoom cause with my current one with 5x optical zoom 10mpx I can only do nice shots of ships that are within 50-200m from me & in a good light.  Taking pics in my own room is almost pointless with it - even in a good light all comes out grainy & worse than if via current good smartphone. I was quite satisfied with how pics come out via Huawei P20 Pro, especially on a zoom, but buying that just cause of it's camera is a no.
None of the shops in my city had either of Sony DSC HX80 / Canon SX740HS / Nikon CoolPix A900 I thought I could try in my hands - all stores had very simple & very complex & big cameras.
Honestly, I bought my current camera https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyt300 back then just cause it had a very cool design & well... cause I needed a camera.  Grin  Here's an example of a decent shot by it in a good light on a 5x zoom - I was like 100m away from the object.  I'm very picky to quality when viewed in full size & here all details can be clearly seen: https://i.imgur.com/8OdoIaq.jpg  The camera I want should produce much better than this & in a wide range of conditions.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: August 27, 2018, 01:15:30 pm
Well, which one could you recommend among these:

https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dschx80/specifications
https://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/compacts/canon_sx740hs/specifications

Also, does it matter which brand & where it was made?
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: August 27, 2018, 11:22:43 am
Hello, been quite a while!  Roll Eyes
Could anyone suggest a "best" compact camera?
Should cost around 300 Euros or less, lotsa megapixels, high optical zoom & quality of pics, etc.  I was more or less satisfied with my Sony DSC T-300 from 2008 with 10Mpx, so a quick browse across current Sony compact cameras, I choose:
https://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-hx50-hx50v#product_details_default
https://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-hx80#product_details_default
https://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-wx350#product_details_default
https://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-wx500
Also
https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/powershot-sx740-hs/
A tilting touch screen would be a plus.
Something around those or from other brands with similar features or better.

Kind regards!
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: May 31, 2018, 12:33:16 pm
Absolutely love it, Arne! Grin
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Gloria Virentium / Storman Asia - IMO 7533721 on: January 15, 2018, 01:51:57 pm
Heh, while I was wishing to make a scale model of that ship "someday", just found this:
http://www.rc-modellbau-schiffe.de/wbb2/gallery/index.php?image/5626-roro-frachter-starman-asia/
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Handling tweendeck covers on: January 10, 2018, 08:47:13 pm
Yes, I'm aware that tweendeck covers can be simply handled by own cranes & stacked where needed (I saw many photos with cargo vessels having their tweendeck covers stacked in front of the superstructure & the hold is fully closed by hatch covers), but in the DEO VOLENTE brochure it says:

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An electro-hydraulic Rodenstaal traveling hatch cover crane is used to handle and transport the pontoon hatch covers which can then be stacked up to a maximum height of covers. The same traveling crane can be used for moving and setting up the two transportable grain bulkheads fitted for bulk cargo stowing purposes that can be slotted at several positions in each hold.
Both hatch covers and tweendeck hatches are handled by an electric hydraulic driven gantry crane.

So I wonder how...
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Handling tweendeck covers on: January 10, 2018, 06:13:02 pm
I was looking at the DEO VOLENTE & OCEANIC (both are Hartman vessels) general arrangement plans & I'm wondering how are the tweendeck hatch covers are opened/closed/stacked.  For first vessel I read that it's gantry hatch cover crane can handle both hatch covers & tweendeck covers, second vessel also uses it's gantry crane to do the same.  And not just that, but same gantry crane can also rotate tweendeck covers on 90 degrees & stack one on another forming a bulkhead.  I looked at gantry cranes for those 2 vessels on photos & how it's drawn on GA plans & by the looks of it, it can only handle the upper hatch covers.   The crane's spreader has 4 hooks & connects to covers at their sides, it also can't change it's width.  Yet the the hold is narrower than the spreader which can't be fully lowered to reach the tweendeck.
Also, from those ships' GA plans I think the tweendeck covers can only be stacked within the hold...  or the same gantry crane can somehow lift them & stack on the upper deck?
Could someone shine a light on this?

Regards,
Denis
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: October 12, 2017, 05:59:06 pm
I see recently they changed it's design:
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: July 22, 2017, 06:21:09 pm
I very much like it's design on those pics - appears to be more "beautiful" & cooler than the earlier Revolt.  That leaning foremast must be retractable somehow or it would be an obstruction when loading containers in the fore-hold.

Also, if this ship will really sail as they say, our dear member Tomas might be the one frequently supplying us with pics of her from his drone/bridge.  Wink
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: July 18, 2017, 11:01:12 pm




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The ship
The vessel Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. KONGSBERG is responsible for development and delivery of all key enabling technologies including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous ship operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems.
A 100 -150 TEU open top container vessel. A fully battery powered solution, prepared for remote control and autonomous operation. The following describes our concept design. The design company and the final design will be decided by the end of Q2 2017, and the delivering ship yard within Q3 2017.

Operational area
The vessel will sail within 12 nautical miles from the coast, between 3 ports in southern Norway. The whole area is completely covered the The Norwegian Coastal Administrations' VTS system at Brevik. The distances between the ports are:

Herøya – Brevik (approx. 7 nm)
Herøya – Larvik (approx. 30 nm)

Milestones
2017: Design finalised - design done by Marin Teknikk, Norway.
Building contract awarded.
2018: The vessel will be delivered from the yard in the second half of 2018.
2018: Testing with a captain and small crew, placed in a container-based bridge and crew unit, is scheduled to start second half of 2018.
2019: Remote control tests will be carried out in 2019.
2020: The vessel will be fully autonomous in 2020.

https://www.km.kongsberg.com/ks/web/nokbg0240.nsf/AllWeb/4B8113B707A50A4FC125811D00407045?OpenDocument

http://yara.com/media/press_releases/2103105/press_release/201705/yara-and-kongsberg-enter-into-partnership-to-build-worlds-first-autonomous-and-zero-emissions-ship/

http://www.designboom.com/technology/yara-x-kongsberg-to-launch-worlds-first-autonomous-zero-emissions-ship/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eGatj_9y6Q
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: June 07, 2017, 07:34:32 pm
Lovely model, Arne - hard to believe it's actually a 1m long!  Shocked  Goes pretty fast too, maybe some 30kn if scalled, hehe...
Is there a reason behind building exactly that ship among all & how long it took to complete it?
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Newbie with some photos on: May 18, 2017, 07:42:09 pm
Hi, nice collection, even has few of my favourite ships too!  Grin
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 13, 2017, 10:42:56 pm
They would look odd in Offshore's Support category among what's usually in there.  I'd suggest to just place them in Special Purpose Ships.
And there's pretty much enough of categories so far for members to misplace their photos.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "SOUTHERN PHOENIX" IMO 8520434 sinks at Suva, Fiji. on: May 07, 2017, 01:38:58 pm
One of those nice looking Sietas Type 111a with 2x30t cranes...

Our Sietas fan Jens is not happy!  Roll Eyes
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Radars on foremast on some cargo ships... on: April 14, 2017, 07:03:27 pm
Hi Roy, thanks for your reply.  Well, how would you explain why they put 1 radar antenna on foremast on this ship - http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2626512 ?  Not like the possible deck cargo would be obstructing it, was the radar placed on the aft with the other one.
Out of curiosity I compared the profiles of those ships I mentioned & all of them have the front radar above the accommodation level, but below the aft radar level.

Another thing I noticed is that those ships that have other equipment on top deck standing close to the magnetic compass would usually have that compass slightly raised above that stuff.
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