Automatic Panoramic head

For a while I have wanted to make an Automatic Panoramic rig for fun; as a side it may be worth building an intervalometer into the control circuitry as well; for full automation, and repeatability.

The purpose of a pano head is to((From: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20161206133720/http://www.w3a2z.net/PHead/|http://www.w3a2z.net/PHead/]])):
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* Enable the optical axis of a camera and lens system, mounted within the pano head, to be directed anywhere within the sphere of view – with a constant PoV.
* Allow for the correction of potential parallax errors by enabling the camera to travel parallel and perpendicular to the optical axis – and make other adjustments, so that the camera/lens PoV, the panning axis and the pitch axis coincide to best practical effect.
* Provide a reliable frame of reference and sufficient datum for setup and calibration.

While I still had my [[some kind person|Nikon D70]] I tried building a number of pan tilt head out of Lego; beyond the obvious difficulty of point adjustments to get the Point of View to remain in the same place for all the photos; Lego Technic is not really stable enough to hold a camera stable and allow for controlled motion. a Friend of mine [[user:nat]] is likely to be an unsuspecting helper in this.

====DIY Automatic Pan/Tilt Rig For Perfect Panoramas ====

> Okay all you makers and DIYers, here’s a little project from Jason Poel Smith, over at Make, that shows you how to build an automatic pan/tilt rig for your camera to help capture panoramic photographs.. The build is “made from three metal frames and three servo motors” and allows the rig to be mounted on your […]

DIY Automatic Pan/Tilt Rig For Perfect Panoramas

Title: Automatic Panoramic Head
Date: 2012-03-21 10:36
Author: skippy
Slug: automatic-panoramic-head
Status: published

For a while I have wanted to make an Automatic Panoramic rig for fun; as
a side it may be worth building an intervalometer into the
control circuitry as well; for full automation, and repeatability.

The purpose of a pano head is to:
———————————

> – Enable the optical axis of a camera and lens system, mounted
> within the pano head, to be directed anywhere within the sphere of
> view – with a constant PoV.
> – Allow for the correction of potential parallax errors by enabling
> the camera to travel parallel and perpendicular to the optical
> axis – and make other adjustments, so that the camera/lens PoV,
> the panning axis and the pitch axis coincide to best
> practical effect.
> – Provide a reliable frame of reference and sufficient datum for
> setup and calibration.
>
> [![](//skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/PHead-geometry-230×300.gif “PHead-geometry”)](//skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/PHead-geometry.gif)

From: <http://www.w3a2z.net/PHead/>

While I still had my [Nikon
D70](//skippy.org.uk/some-kind-person/ “Some Kind Person…”) I tried
building a number of pan tilt head out of Lego; beyond the obvious
difficulty of point adjustments to get the Point of View to remain in
the same place for all the photos; Lego Technic is not really
stable enough to hold a camera stable and allow for controlled motion. a
Friend of mine [Nathaniel Poate](http://www.roboteernat.co.uk/)
is likely to be an unsuspecting helper in this,

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