[vcf-midatlantic] Large format scanner

Ethan O'Toole telmnstr at 757.org
Mon Oct 18 14:54:45 UTC 2021

Has there been good experience with mounting a DSLR or other camera on a 
tripod aimed down at the paperwork, good lighting and then use digital 
photos of it? Or do the details get lost / focus issues in the 

I had a friend Brother duplex scanner (2880? 2800?) recently and chugged 
through 4 large boxes of scuba diving magazines, then some Apple II stuff. 
Sending it all to archive.org. Unfortunately that scanner wasn't large 
enough to do even wide cover magazines, but it chugged through hundreds of 
pounds of magazines without issue. I was using 4 computers at time round 
robin and talking to it over the network so they could chomp on the OCR 
and make the PDFs.

When I was looking at scanning the Yamaha C1 large schematic, I looked 
around at commercial shops and I think at the time Staples had the 
cheapest blueprint scanning out there. But it sounds like your pages 
aren't quite that large.

Hmmm what if you set a high quality camera cellphone (iphone 12 or 
something) on panorama mode and made a jig where you can slide it down a 

 			- Ethan

On Mon, 18 Oct 2021, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:

>   I have a pile of schematics and logic diagrams to be scanned, measuring 
> 17"
> by up to 36" long, double-sided. Does anyone around PA, MD, VA, OH, NY, NJ 
> have a scanner that could handle it? I'm willing to do the manual labor part, 
> just need access to the scanner.
>   These are training materials from the SAGE Air Defense system, and are the 
> only ones known to exist in the wild.
> Mike Loewen				mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
> Old Technology				http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/

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