Novice help to make ball detection sensor

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gdamato

Joined May 10, 2022
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Hey all,

I'm a novice and am looking to make a golf ball "hole in one" detector. I have an oversized golf hole (about 12" round) in my yard and I would like to make some sort of ball sensor to detect a hole in one. I originally envisioned a light turning on if the cup sensed a golf ball as it is very difficult to tell if the golf ball made it in the hole from far away. The only thing I could think of is using a funnel of some sort inside of the golf hole so that if a ball makes it into the hole, it is automatically going to sit at the base of the funnel. Inside of the funnel neck, I figured a photocell or motion sensor would be there so that when the golf ball covers the sensor, it would trigger the light to turn on. All I have done so far is think about the concept, I am totally open to suggestion! Any ideas on how I can make this for a reasonable amount of money would be appreciated! Please include the parts that you would recommend as well since this is all new to me and I may not be familiar with what certain parts are.

Thank you!!
 

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gdamato

Joined May 10, 2022
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Cut a slit in the side of the funnel snd slide one of these on the slit (with the long switch-arm pointing to the bottom of the funnel. The weight of the ball will cause the snap-action switch to toggle ON. Just connect a batter in series with this switch and some type of light or. Buzzer or what ever you want.
https://www.amazon.com/Twidec-Switc...oswitches&qid=1652241590&s=industrial&sr=1-19
Twidec/6Pcs Micro Limit Switch Long Straight Hinge Lever Arm SPDT Snap Action Switch for Arduino V-153-1C25
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Thank you! Is this what you're suggesting? If so, what should I purchase for the battery and what should I purchase for the light? Can I use any LED spot light or does it have to be 12v or something?
 

MrSalts

Joined Apr 2, 2020
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting for mounting the switch. I'll let someone else handle the lamp and battery. A pack of 3-AA batteries in a holder will be easiest and a resistor + LED. Really depends in distance, color of LED and conditions (full daylight from 360° around the hole or a single direction).

note, of the three connectors on the switch, two will be connected when the switch is not triggered. A different pair will be connected when the switch is triggered.
 

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gdamato

Joined May 10, 2022
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting for mounting the switch. I'll let someone else handle the lamp and battery. A pack of 3-AA batteries in a holder will be easiest and a resistor + LED. Really depends in distance, color of LED and conditions (full daylight from 360° around the hole or a single direction).

note, of the three connectors on the switch, two will be connected when the switch is not triggered. A different pair will be connected when the switch is triggered.
I bought these items, so hopefully it works! Only thing left to fund is a 12" funnel which is surprisingly uncommon. Two more questions for you... #1 - do I have to connect something to the "off" circuit or could I just leave it disconnected? #2 - I'm assuming I can just directly connect this 12v light to the circuit, though, you mentioned a resistor... will I need a resistor with this set up?
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MrSalts

Joined Apr 2, 2020
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1) no, you do not need to connect anything to the "off" loop. You just need to connect to two of the three terminals on the switch in your case.
2) a typical 12v device like this will not need any current limiting resistors - they should be (SHOULD BE) in the device. The resistor was worth mentioning in case you bought a bare LED.

the light you bought says it is 2 Watts at 12V on Amazon. I hope this is true and I hope you can see it in daylight. If it is 2 Watts at 12V, that means your battery pack of 8-AA in series will deliver 320mA and last for 3 to 7 hours - remove the ball ASAP or you will need to replace the batteries. Don't forget the ball in the hole. There is no timer to turn off the LED automatically after a given time.
 
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