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For anyone interested in DIY, and professional equipment, the following may be of interest. Main Page: http://www.homebuiltstabilizers.com/greyjibsncranes.htm DIY Page: http://www.homebuiltstabilizers.com/greytipsDIY.htm Forum Page: http://hbsboard.com/
by thepanoguy
Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:20 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: DIY Stabilisers
Replies: 2
Views: 1358

fma38 I originally looked at purchasing a Merlin/Orion. Once the import costs, exchange rate and modifications were added up; using the Merlin/Orion is too expensive. I started looking at alternatives. KreAture I do not doubt your electronics skills. Building equipment is therapeutic. If you can obt...
by thepanoguy
Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:19 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: DIY Pan/Tilt system!
Replies: 120
Views: 63050

fma38 I think it depends on your application and what you are trying to achieve. I experiment with electronics; therefore the extra feature is just a few extra chips and wires. Also in Western Australia the sun is too bright for using LCD displays outdoors. Eventually the bright sun cooks LCD displa...
by thepanoguy
Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: DIY Pan/Tilt system!
Replies: 120
Views: 63050

I have been working on a similar system for a while. You may want to consider using L297 stepper and L298 driver chip. Datasheets are available at: http://www.datasheetcatalog.com/datasheets_pdf/ You can use very simple electronics to step and half step the stepper driver. It is far superior to usin...
by thepanoguy
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:24 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: DIY Pan/Tilt system!
Replies: 120
Views: 63050

http://www.brooxes.com/newsite/HOME.html There have been a few people who have successfully adapted KAP rigs for panorama photography. Micro-controller kits are available. http://steel.ced.berkeley.edu/cris/kap/discuss/ For the KAP approach and photos of built rigs. http://www.instructables.com/ DI...
by thepanoguy
Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:42 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: What do I need?
Replies: 11
Views: 4696

Actually it shows the state of the economy.

Before the recession you had to beg to get the job done,
there was an attitude of give us a blank check and drop your pants,
we will get around to doing the job when we feel like it.

Now they are begging for work.
by thepanoguy
Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:32 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Toronto Granite Countertop
Replies: 2
Views: 1069

I happen to live in Perth, Western Australia.
If you give me your contact details, I may be able to give you alternatives.
by thepanoguy
Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:42 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: What do I need to get started with a Merlin/Orion pano head?
Replies: 7
Views: 2313

I use RawTherapy for image manipulation. DRIFFT is just a RAW to TIFF converter using a GUI interface for dcraw. DNG is an open format; admittedly Adobe. Converting to TIFF should solve the inherent problems with propriety formats. I looked at digikam a while ago. According to the website, digikam f...
by thepanoguy
Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:05 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Why you should develop your RAW files before stitching them
Replies: 31
Views: 15218

REFERENCE: The National Library of Australia. http://www.nla.gov.au/ The site contains are a number of training guides which may be of interest. QUOTE: The National Library of Australia is the country's largest reference library. Our role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significa...
by thepanoguy
Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:44 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Why you should develop your RAW files before stitching them
Replies: 31
Views: 15218

What counts is the performance of your motherboard and the transfer of data across the north and south bridges. Read the motherboard review at: http://www.trustedreviews.com/motherboards/review/2008/08/13/Asus-M3N78-Pro/p1 The system is cheap enough for general purpose use. If you do not know anythi...
by thepanoguy
Fri May 29, 2009 3:29 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Opinion on this PC Configuration
Replies: 3
Views: 2297

The first photo is the laser level rotator. Click on the photo for a bigger picture.
You could replace the base mount with aluminium if you have a hole saw.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/hugin/discuss/72157612547458035/#comment72157612649841750

Joining the group may help.
by thepanoguy
Fri May 22, 2009 4:32 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Rotator base recommendation?
Replies: 14
Views: 5491

by thepanoguy
Thu May 21, 2009 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Rotator base recommendation?
Replies: 14
Views: 5491

You give very little information. What are you trying to do? A graphics card just displays graphics, it does not process the raw image data. That is the job of the CPU. Most of the information on the net is regurgitated information by fanboys who have no idea on setting up computers. Microsoft have ...
by thepanoguy
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:31 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Video Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 4075

Thanks for the reply. The reason I am taking the build approach is that Perth is one the most isolated capital cities in the world. I want to shoot panos in isolated locations. In the event of a breakdown I need to be able to repair the unit immediately instead of waiting weeks for parts to arrive f...
by thepanoguy
Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:33 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: New User Queries.
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

New User Queries.

I have been reading the forum for a while and decided to join because I have a number of queries members may be able to answer. I live in Perth, Western Australia. I noticed a while ago that one of the forum members lives in Perth. If you are reading this post, where did you buy your Orion from? I a...
by thepanoguy
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:08 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: New User Queries.
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

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