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by ozbigben
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:09 am
 
Forum: Panotour - Bugs & discussion 1.8
Topic: downloading issues?
Replies: 1
Views: 575

downloading issues?

I've been trying to download an update for a few days now but I just get a http 500 response (different computers, different networks). Both PTP and the website are pointing at the same URL (http://download.kolor.com/ptp/stable/x64). ???
by ozbigben
Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Panotour - Bugs & discussion 1.8
Topic: downloading issues?
Replies: 1
Views: 575

The overlap is not so much of a problem. I can always adjust that to compensate, but having every odd row fall 1° short is a bit of a hassle.

The mount is attached to the lens support. It's a little back heavy but it balances if you suspend it with one finger under the lens support
by ozbigben
Sun May 01, 2011 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Heavier cameras
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Pity I went AWOL shortly after you started this plugin. You've done a great job on this one. Using the plugin for bracketing as opposed to using a batch file gives you an entry in the data file for every shot. Given the limitations of the the command line utility this plugin is very practical. There...
by ozbigben
Sun May 01, 2011 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: [Papywizard2] DSLR Remote Pro plugin
Replies: 86
Views: 27555

Heavier cameras

Figured it might be better in a separate topic. Firstly, many thanks to everyone who's helped so far. I'm still having some issues getting things working properly and would be interested in hearing from anyone else using a heavy camera/lens combination. The specs for the mount rate it at 4kg, and a ...
by ozbigben
Sun May 01, 2011 11:59 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Heavier cameras
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Thanks for that explanation... I think it all makes sense now which is a big relief :D . So if I understand it correctly I should probably reset these back to their defaults (things worked well with the short moves and the speed was faster) but I should increase the inertia angle to slow it down soo...
by ozbigben
Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Warning: buggy new firmware skywatcher multifunction head
Replies: 96
Views: 42555

Tightened the vertical arm but this didn't help. [uli]Checked the data file and log and they both reported the correct positions (as specified in the preset) but there was still a drop of about 1° at regular intervals. [/uli] [uli]Watching the head this time, the shift in pitch only follows a fast m...
by ozbigben
Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:09 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Warning: buggy new firmware skywatcher multifunction head
Replies: 96
Views: 42555

The EOS Bracket plugin will do the job ;) Turn off dry run, go to the bulb tab, enable bulb and set your exposure time. Also make sure that the EOS utility does not display a preview of the image after shooting or you may get an error on the second shot that it can't find the window. I also had a pl...
by ozbigben
Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Thethered bracketing with EOS Utility and Papywizard
Replies: 130
Views: 62094

Hi Ben, Is the same general method available using the free EOS Utility that comes with Canon cameras rather than forking out $175 for DSLR Remote? Thanks, Andrew Both use the generic tethered plugin to run a specified program at each position. It's just a case of pointing it at the batch file or a...
by ozbigben
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Thethered bracketing with EOS Utility and Papywizard
Replies: 130
Views: 62094

Two possible solutions? Record an autohotkey script with two shutter releases and then edit the wait in between to your desired shutter speed or.. DSLR Remote (if it supports your model) use the commandline utility via a batch file with a sleep command in between two releases (sleep is not a standar...
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:33 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Thethered bracketing with EOS Utility and Papywizard
Replies: 130
Views: 62094

I never do... just tested it to see how much force was needed to budge it in case it was the problem. Anything that small designed to move slowly probably doesn't like being moved quickly
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Warning: buggy new firmware skywatcher multifunction head
Replies: 96
Views: 42555

Thanks Claude. I'll check these. The vertical axis is the most likely one and is a little looser then the horizontal one (which is fairly tight)... especially I guess since the camera is on the heavy side. I'll have to buy/borrow a socket to tighten it. I'll give it another test run on the weekend. ...
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Warning: buggy new firmware skywatcher multifunction head
Replies: 96
Views: 42555

Given that these posts are about as old as my Skywatcher it probably fits in here. I'm a little confused though. Looking closer at my test run, every second column drops which sounds like it's related to this. The drop occurs where the shift between columns occurred at the top. Not being a regular a...
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Warning: buggy new firmware skywatcher multifunction head
Replies: 96
Views: 42555

Field test today :) As a workflow it does pretty much what I wanted and it was quite simple. The most significant benefits for me are probably more to do with naming the image files and preparing PTGui project files. Setting up the shoot was quick and it was soooo nice to drag a .pts file into the i...
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:22 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Are people using great circle routes for timelapse panning with a change in pitch or just interpolating yaw and pitch?

http://williams.best.vwh.net/avform.htm#Intermediate
by ozbigben
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:45 am
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Starting Development of new Timelapse Software
Replies: 28
Views: 19405

Basically customised version of the mosaic generator "integrated" with PTGui. If you use the built-in mosaic generator you get a regular array of image tiles. This may be OK around the horizon, but the number of images required reduces as you approach the zenith nadir so you end up taking many more ...
by ozbigben
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:51 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Changed the starting position (yaw 0) to be the left edge as the presets displayed better in the shooting screen. I usually have a GPS and compass in my camera bag ;) anyway so either way works. Shooting by rows may not be the most efficient, but columns is not too bad. The first simulation test wor...
by ozbigben
Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

As I'm not actually writing the program code there's not much scope for reducing the size. The database itself is relatively small (currently 1Mb including graphics). Spent the day working on sorting and PTGui project file generation. Changed the camera orientation interface a little just in case I ...
by ozbigben
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:39 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Thanks Klaus It's also a bit "oversized" so it'll be easier to read on my screen. I think it will be worth the effort of preparing position lists for each lens/orientation combination. I might also add a description field to help link images to files later and export a PTGui project file to save par...
by ozbigben
Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:14 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Building my preset generator

Hi All I've had a look at a few preset generators here and decided to make my own custom app with Filemaker. The approach I'm using is a little agricultural, but suits the way I want to work. 1: Starting in any stitching application with a 2:3 blank rectangle (adding it several times), setting the f...
by ozbigben
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:13 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Building my preset generator
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Hi Henrik, For me no matter what hardware has the ASUS, which you refer, you will need to run it with Windows and this is bad, Windows sucks. I am controlling my robot with a MacBook and a Nokia N800, this until the Papywizard finally become compatible with IPAD. Be happy, Personally I don't find p...
by ozbigben
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:48 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Apple Devices for Papywizard?
Replies: 42
Views: 10525

Time lapse tools

Now that I'm up and running one of the things I'll be finishing is a database (Filemaker) to generate presets for different things. While I could possibly program in some math for interpolating between points, for the most part I'll be looking at ways to quickly get the numbers from another app. Sin...
by ozbigben
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Time lapse tools
Replies: 0
Views: 4162

I'll use macs or PCs... My own setup is an Asus EEE 1000HE ... since we're throwing AUD around ;). It's a couple of years old now but I still get at least 5hrs on a charge. Be careful when checking models of netbooks because battery life is one of the big variables. It slots nicely into my camera ba...
by ozbigben
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Apple Devices for Papywizard?
Replies: 42
Views: 10525

Working now... but a) it's dark and b) it's bucketing down :( I've looked at a few pics of camera setups, and while I don't have a pic yet I thought a description might be handy. I'm using a Canon 1ds III and 70-200 f2.8. Mounting via the lens support with the lens as close as possible. There is som...
by ozbigben
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Clearing the cobwebs...
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Thanks for the replies... I am closer. 1. Curb enthusiasm 2. Make sure FDTI drivers installed correctly :rolleyes: 3. Charge batteries... bugger, and now I have to go to work... more waiting :lol: I'm using DSLR Remote to control the camera via separate USB... For camera control I have a solution fo...
by ozbigben
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Clearing the cobwebs...
Replies: 4
Views: 1400
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