We take a lot of incredible hikes and if you’ve been following along, you know that I love making big panorama photos on these hikes. After my foray into the world of Arduino electronics, I got the idea to build my own computer controlled pan tilt mount for the camera. The idea would be that I’d mount the camera on this contraption, plug in the details about the zoom level of the lens, the horizontal and veritical sweep to cover and then the electronics would move the mount around and snap all the required photos.
There are some very expensive products you can buy to do this. GigaPan is one of the most popular and it’s easy to get lost in the samples on their website. I don’t have a thousand bucks to blow on this hobby though.
Once I get to the point where I have a mount that can pan and tilt with some kind of motors and support about 3 pounds, I know I can do the rest. Getting that first bit done is proving tricky though. The best thing I’ve found so far is a combination of parts from ServoCity, but just the mount and the servos are over $140. If you have any ideas about how I could build the motors and the mount more cheaply, please let me know! Otherwise I think this project idea will be shelved for a while.