I am looking for suggestions for two darkroom accessories - an easy to use timer that works in complete darkness, and a scale to weigh small amounts of chemicals for alt. processes. I have managed to get by with a variety of ingenious makeshift solutions, but if reasonably priced efficient solutions are available, I might as well get them and be done with it.
1> A timer that will work in the dark for tray development and not fog film - needs to be very compact as I carry this stuff around when I travel.
2> Weighing scale for chemicals - again compact and cheap is great. It's for chemicals so has to be sensitive to small weights, but if there is a model that can also measure slightly heavier stuff - maybe as a kitchen scale or for small postal parcels - that would be an added bonus.
PS: My DIY solution for the scale was a homemade balance beam that used water as the weight measure - balance the beam out, and put X ml of water in one cup and then put chemicals in the other cup until it balances out again - that'll give you X gms of chemical. Great fun and recommended but now I'd like to move on to a more readymade plug-and-play solution.