Watch Tick Timer Circuit

  
This circuit adapts a frequency counter to measure intervals. It was originally used as a shutter speed checker for a photo application. The watch ticks are clipped and shaped and formed into a square wave. This square wave is used to gate an accurately known clock (1-MHz TTL XTAL OSC) and an external counter is used to directly count the clock pulses during the interval to be measured.
Watch Tick Timer Circuit - schematic

A 1-MHz clock can be used to measure to a resolution of 1 Accuracy = time base 1 1 count LSB.




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