The only thing I know for sure is that the file that the software made, I guess it is a profile of my camera and lens, worked on Josef's unit.
I have no idea if my controler is using this data properly or not.
Is there any way of finding out?
Josef just said it has not happened before and it could be something loose or wrong in the head.
As they say there's a first time for everything. Off the top of my head I cannot think of anything that could be 'loose or wrong in the head' that would cause the effects you describe.
I know that I am doing the movement with the controller right. lower left then upper right.
Once this is done the controler shows it is only going to take 3 pictures and it does do that very well.
However, the mosaic should be at least 18 exposures.
Why do you think it should be at least 18 exposures? Could it be that it is calculating correctly but that you have not entered the correct parameters for the camera/lens/sensor etc?
For the spherical it just spins and you need to stop it before it strangles itself with the pc cord.
And what would you expect it to do?
Is there not also another mode for specifiying a pano - something like setting the centre point and then specifiying the VFOV and HFOV - did you try doing it that way?
I started a new topic because of loose connection or something wrong with the head thinking by Josef. If it is something like that it might attract the right forum user to the problem.
There's no issue about your starting a new topic I see your logic, it's just where you posted that new topic - since your Merlin head was part of a Panogear package it's best that your post appears here in the Panogear sub-forum.
You see, because your Merlin head was part of a Panogear package, we should know for sure which version of firmware is installed in your Merlin head and that's possibly a relevant concern; whereas if your Merlin head had been sourced independently and was not part of a Panogear package it could have any one of a number of different versions of the firmware.
After saying all of that, the short answer is, after 3 days of trying to figure this out, I am absolutly sure I am no farther along than I was when I started. I am not mad or blaming anyone just frustrated.
I'm sure you are feeling very friustrated, me too; the challenge (in trying to help you) for the most experienced users of Merlin mounts who are regular contributors to the forum is that only one of us (Klaus) AFAIK has any experience at all of the Touch controller, the rest all use Papywizard. So there are not too many folk here who will be able to help you with the Touch controller I'm afraid.
It seems to me that we cannot yet assume that your Touch controller is working properly, so it's perhaps a bit premature to attribute the problems to the Merlin head.
We need to try and rule out, or rule in, the functionality of your Merlin head without using the Touch controller.
So we need to think of alternative ways of testing the functionality of the Merlin mount...
If you don't get the standard hand controller for the Merlin mount with the Panogear package then it seems to me that the only alternative is to try and see if we can get the Merlin head working with Papywizard and we can't do that until you have a BT device working on your laptop. How soon might you be able to get hold of a(nother) USB BT 'dongle'?
Nikon D40, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Sigma 8mm f3.5 fisheye, Nikkor 18-55/50/35mm lenses, Nodal Ninja 5 Lite, Agno's Mrotator TCSshort
Nikon P5100, CP5000, CP995, FC-E8, WC-E63,WC-E68, TC-E2, Kaidan Kiwi 995, Bophoto pano bracket
Merlin/Orion panohead + Papywizard on Nokia 770/N800 and Windows XP/2K