PanoBot for CoolPix 995

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Building Instructions

This robot is a great tool to make panoramic images. It is based on the work of Philippe Hurbain. I found a similar robot on his pages. He uses a Nikon CoolPix 990 with his robot.
As I bought the Nikon CoolPix 995 I had to modify the building instructions. This is the result.

The main reasons for the modifications were:

Here is the software, programmed in NQC using RCXCC:

This is one of my first outside panoramic images I made. It shows the "Olympiapark" in Munich. The robot made five pictures that were combined afterwards.

Olympiapark München

This is my second outdoor panorama. It is a 360° panorama at the "Imberger Horn" mountain near Hindelang. The panorama is made from 10 source images.

Imberger Horn at Hindelang

This is my third outdoor panorama. It is a 360° panorama at the "Nusche" near Hindelang. The panorama is made from 10 source images. The mountain next to the sun is the "Imberger Horn" where I made the above panorama.

Nusche at Hindelang

You find some spheric panoramas here...

Max-Joseph-Platz-2 Frauen Platz Frauen Kirche Staatskanzlei Marienplatz Stadtgründungsfest Marienplatz Alter Peter TollWood Asam Kirche Asam Kirche inside Maximilianeum Stachus Olympia Park Rathaus tower Muffathalle


To shoot these spheric panoramas I modified the Panobot setup quite a bit from the original setup from the building instructions! I moved the complete upper part, that is connected with the black bricks (from step 27) to the turntable, five studs towards the "back" side. That means the lens moved more towards the center of the turntable. I made a try and error setup, where I moved the setup one stud by one stud and took two pictures of two vertical orientated objects some 50cm behind each other with rotating the turntable about 90° between the two shots. Then I picked the setup, where the distance of the two objects was nearly the same in both pictures.

Measurement detail To verify the modified setup, I measured the distance between the lens and the turning point of the Panobot: It is 13mm (magenta in the image) measured from the small gap in the lens to the center of the pin, that is placed exactely above the center of the turntable. Red marked you see some thicker paper I put between camera and Lego, because I had some problems with my original trigger design.

If you are interested in B/W photography you can visit the gallery of my brother. On his site you find a vertical panorama of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt Commerzbank Frankfurt

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Markus Matern, October 2002