As I'm setting this up for others to use I thought the presets would be easier for them. I can try it in Mosaic mode,
I suggest you do that.
Are you aware of the various (different) ways to define the scope of a Mosaic shoot?:
1. Set opposing corner positions.
2. Directly enter desired panoFOV.
3. Directly enter no. of rows and columns.
With options 2 and 3 the software will compute shooting positions centred on the position set as the reference position. So these two options are easy for others to use. Much easier in my opinion that offering a preset for a partial pano.
but I would like to have confidence in the format of the presets and the Panogear and at the moment I'm failing to understand what I did wrong.
Without having any idea what I'm talking about
Could this be anything to do with the alternate drive (?) being set at 7 degrees as in the default which I haven't changed? I tried some tests just taking the first two rows as examples:
If row1 in the code above is 20 degrees and I set row2 to either 15, 14 or 13 degrees, the camera continues to move up above the shooting pattern as shown in the image as soon as it tries to go to the first position in row2
If row1 is 20 degrees and I set row2 to 12 degrees or less, everything works fine.
In other words, the smallest increment I am able to set is without an error is 8 degrees. Is it something to do with the smaller camera movements when it's set smaller than 8 degrees? Papywizard version is 2.1.20
If you wish to test your theory that it's associated with use of Alternate drive then turn it off and see what happens.
The only time I've seen the Merlin mount 'go crazy' was when I had light leaking through the base of the bubble level affecting the integrity of the optical encoders. This is easily fixed by taping over or under the bubble level.