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Old 08-05-2014   #1
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I was webbing around a bit the other day looking for alternative to the Gigipan that would support a big-boy camera. I bumped into this:
Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher AllView Mount S20150 B&H Photo Video
9 lb capacity isn't bad. Seems to have an interesting feature set, and being able to track the night sky might offer some interesting things to explore in the future.

The Gigapan Epic 100 has a load capacity of 3 lbs and lists for $480. The Gigapan Epic Pro handles 10 lbs and lists just under $1000.

Anyone have first-hand experience with the SkyWatcher AllView mount?

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Review: The Versatile AllView Mount | SkyNews
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I have a canon650D. I want to buy a markIII. What's it's prize.
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What exactly do you want to do with it?

Here is a page that outlines some options.

PANO HEADS ? Gavin Farrell
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What exactly do you want to do with it?
I could see a whole host of uses for a flexible pan/tilt rig.
- Movement for time-lapse
- Automatic pano images
- With some DIY it could work as a turntable for 360 degree product photos
- Tracking celestial bodies might be useful too

Thanks for that link.
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I drool over these... particularly the roundshot...

I have a couple manual pano heads. Nodal Ninja has good stuff for that.

What don't you like about the gigapan? What do you want in an alternative?
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A Gigapan with the weight capacity I'd need is $1000. If the Skywatcher works as advertised it could be more versatile and 1/3rd the price.
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A Gigapan with the weight capacity I'd need is $1000. If the Skywatcher works as advertised it could be more versatile and 1/3rd the price.
Looks like a rebranded Merlin (sold in Europe). I think this disappeared in usa but now appears available again. I need to see what, if anything, is new or has changed.

I've seen these modified and used as an affordable auto pano head option. Look into papywizard


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