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Old March 23rd, 2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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time lapse question

I have seen time lapse footage where the camera rotated at a slow rate. Like a time lapse shot that follows the sun's path in the sky from rising to setting. Can someone tell me what kind of tripod head is used for this kind of shot? And any tips you might have for accomplishing this kind of shot?
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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Hi Matt,
This sort of shot is usually done with a telescope tripod head. These can be set up to follow planets & stars etc in the night sky. They will move at variable speeds depending on how they are set up, & make this type of shot pretty easy. I have one of these types of heads & if i can dig up the information on it i will post it for you here.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Check out this forum:
Timescapes - Digital Timelapse Discussion Forum - Index page

Look under: Timelapse Motion Control Systems & Dollies> MILapse Moco
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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re: time lapse question

Thanks guys,

Bryce,
I actually have an equatorial telescope mount, just have to figure out how to motorize it and adapt it for a camera.

I checked into motorized tripod heads earlier, but could not come up with something that seemed slow enough. Mike, thanks for the link.

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Old March 23rd, 2009, 08:09 PM   #5
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Hi again Matt,
Here is a link to a guys website that i got all the info from. YouTube - milapse's Channel
And i just found this. I'm sure like me you will be inspired by this guys work, it really is amazing! Nick Graalman - Timelapse Specialist Just click on the showreel tab & sit back & enjoy!
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Old March 24th, 2009, 03:23 PM   #6
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Rob Evans posted a bunch of info on how he did his UWOL time lapse as well, using a motorized head. Here's the link to his film:

http://www.uwolchallenge.com/challen...empusfugit.mov

If you do a members search on him, you can find the thread where he discusses it.

I think that he used a Orion Azimuth, but Bescor also makes a motorized head that isn't too pricey.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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Hello ;-)

It was a meade autostar I used, with a 90deg metal bracket. It can be a bit flaky sometimes, but happy to support a fully kitted Z1.
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