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Sighting/Alignment

Postby tgsrini » December 9th, 2018, 4:30 pm

Is use of laser allowed for sighting/targeting during competition?

If allowed, and if it does use AA batteries, can it be separate set batteries outside of the 8 (or less)AA batteries on the buggy?

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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby sciolyperson1 » December 9th, 2018, 4:49 pm

Rule 3.f: "Electric/electronic tools of any sort, except a stand-alone calculator, are prohibited."
So no, you can't use a laser.

Rule 3.e makes it a bit vague though. "All energy for propulsion must be electric and come from the batteries. Any non-propulsive functions (e.g., a braking system) may be powered by either electric or non-electric storage devices. If electrical, the voltage must come from the same batteries being used for propulsion." Does that mean that since lasers are non propulsive, as long as you use AA batteries, its fine?
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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby MattChina » December 9th, 2018, 5:08 pm

Participants may purchase or make components (e.g., motors, gearboxes, bodies, and chassis).
Electrical components are limited to batteries, wires, motors, switches, resistors, potentiometers, and
mechanical relays. Electric/electronic tools of any sort, except a stand-alone calculator, are
prohibited. I guess ur not allowed to use them since lasers count as electrical components?
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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby builder83 » December 9th, 2018, 6:44 pm

Rule 3.f: "Electric/electronic tools of any sort, except a stand-alone calculator, are prohibited."
So no, you can't use a laser.

Rule 3.e makes it a bit vague though. "All energy for propulsion must be electric and come from the batteries. Any non-propulsive functions (e.g., a braking system) may be powered by either electric or non-electric storage devices. If electrical, the voltage must come from the same batteries being used for propulsion." Does that mean that since lasers are non propulsive, as long as you use AA batteries, its fine?
I always found this rule odd too. What else would the batteries power other than a motor? Is there an electric brake pad system that would work? Put headlights on the front? How about some music as it strolls along for 3 or 4 seconds?

I really think a laser should be allowed as long as you are using 1 of your 8 batteries for it. They try to make this B event harder than EV for high school. It's fun but man the event is complex this year with changing distance, length, and now arc of vehicle with a mechanical scope.

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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby MadCow2357 » December 9th, 2018, 7:32 pm

I like the idea of playing music during my run... a clarification please? :lol: :lol: :lol: :D
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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby knightmoves » December 9th, 2018, 8:16 pm

I like the idea of playing music during my run... a clarification please? :lol: :lol: :lol: :D
Good luck doing that whilst staying within rule 3f. ;) No semiconductors, remember.

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Re: Sighting/Alignment

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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby Sciencer101 » December 15th, 2018, 6:01 am

Is use of laser allowed for sighting/targeting during competition?

If allowed, and if it does use AA batteries, can it be separate set batteries outside of the 8 (or less)AA batteries on the buggy?
You can use a protractor right? Just measure your angle off of the start line.

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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby MadCow2357 » December 15th, 2018, 9:15 am

Is use of laser allowed for sighting/targeting during competition?

If allowed, and if it does use AA batteries, can it be separate set batteries outside of the 8 (or less)AA batteries on the buggy?
You can use a protractor right? Just measure your angle off of the start line.
Yes, you may use a protractor.
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Re: Sighting/Alignment

Postby Almandine2 » December 15th, 2018, 1:32 pm

The trick is to make a 90 degree angle with your hands and try to get it as close as possible. Try this and you will win state and nationals.
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