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Old 20th of April 2009 (Mon)   #16
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Default Re: My homemade spherical panoramic head design (w/ pics)

Looks awesome. I can't wait to see the finished piece.
I especially like the detents.
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Old 20th of April 2009 (Mon)   #17
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Here is a picture of the finished head. So far I've only taken a quick 360x180 panoramic shot of my living room, and the head seems to work exactly as expected. No stitching errors .

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Old 20th of April 2009 (Mon)   #18
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Very nice.....
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Wow, very impressive! Great work.

Did you create the parts or buy them and if you bought them where from? Any idea on a estimated cost as well? I really love it, looks better than many of the solutions out there.
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Wow, very impressive! Great work.

Did you create the parts or buy them and if you bought them where from? Any idea on a estimated cost as well? I really love it, looks better than many of the solutions out there.
Thanks.

I created the aluminum parts myself (base, arms, etc), and bought most of the other parts from McMaster-Carr. I would estimate that the total cost in parts was around $100-$120. This price could be reduced somewhat if making multiple heads, since some of the parts I purchased came in packs of 25 when only one or two were needed (the 1/16" diameter pin for example). I ended up building my head with a friend who built one as well, so we did save some on costs such as those. I added the bubble level as a last minute addition and that part alone cost $15 with shipping, but I figured it was worth it.
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How much does it weigh?
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How much does it weigh?
It weighs 1.81 LBS. It could be made lighter if I had a decent way to remove some material from the arms.
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Patent this, ASAP.
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Very nice, could you post pictures of your camera mounted on?
Glad it all worked out, looks awesome!
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Also could you post the 360 pano that you took? This is really cool. I wish I was that handy.
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Impressive.
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Yes please patent it ASAP - this took some serious thought and planning and I'd hate to see someone else rip off your work and make hundreds/thousands off it.

Also - I'd recommend removing the plans you posted in the first part of this thread. If people want them they can pay you some pocket change for them, but don't just give it away!

Great job!


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Can we see pictures with your camera mounted?
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That's some nice work...

Interesting to follow the process from rough sketch to finished article.

Now, let's see some results!!
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Here is a picture with my camera mounted on it.



Here is my "test" panoramic picture in equirectangular format. I used PTGui to stitch the image together and really did not need to do any modifications of control points, besides removing the extraneous ones that the optimizer added.



If you want to see the pano in SWF format where you can scroll around, I have it posted here. View panorarmic image in swf format

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