What's in the AIRLab

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This page is used to keep track of the hardware that you can find in the various AIRLab sites (a list of which is given in The Labs). The gear is divided into categories, and you must go to the relevant one to know what is available, its main characteristics, and where it is now. The way this page is used (and the way you must use it) is described below, in this HOWTO.

As we are on the topic of "where things are", please keep in mind that other people want to find things as much as you want that, so if you are moving some piece of hardware away from its storage location, or taking it from someone who has finished using it, please update the AIRWiki THIS INSTANT. If you don't know where you are taking it, just put your name in the table, so at least the others will know who to ask (or who to hunt for).

Remember that there are risks associated to the use of some kinds of hardware. They are described, along with the instructions to avoid them, in the Safety norms. You are required to know these norms, and you have full responsibility for anything you do in the AIRLab.

HOWTO use this page (read this first!)

This is the page where every type of hardware used in the AIRLab should be listed. To have some examples, look to the categories below. As a general rule: if you can touch something, it's somewhere in the AIRLab (see The Labs), and it cannot be inserted into one of the categories below, a new category must be created. If you are using the thing, 'you' are the one who has the task of creating such category.

Each category is a collection of links. Each link points to a page of the AIRWiki dedicated to that category of hardware. Such "category page" must at least contain a table where - for every piece of hardware included into the category - the following data are specified:

  • make and model;
  • where it is located when not in use;
  • who is using it currently (put here the link to the relevant page, from the list in Special:Listusers).

These are the data necessary to find every piece of hardware; in addition to those, it's 'very' nice if you add in the table in the "category page":

  • main specifications;
  • link to the datasheet and/or the user's manual (in the maker's website).

If you really want to go over the top, and be kindly remembered forever by AIRLab users, you can complete the "category page" with a short introduction about the kind of hardware it is dedicated to. It's good if you put here a description of the key points and the pitfalls in the choice and use of such hardware. If you want an example, something like that can be found in the Cameras, lenses and mirrors page; but a shorter version is good too.



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