Help converting a plug timer to a panning motor

Hi there everyone,

I want to get started with timelapse photography, but buying expensive gear is not an option - an DIY'ing is fun :) I want to use my TI-89 calculator to help out with the intervalometer job, and I've ordered a fitting cable, and will be programming the stuff when it arrives. So far, so good.
In addition to that I want to add some panning action. For the purpose of automating that part I found a plug timer (correct term?) lying around. I disassembled it, wanting to find a way to mount my tripod head or some other camera mount (like a 1/4" 20 thread).

Anyways - the middle part with the Philips-logo is not moving while in action, while the spinning clockface around it is very thin. The size, though, fits my Manfrotto tripod head perfect, even though it's heavy as shit - and with a camera on, it's even worse :)

Well - I need some tips for constructing this bad boy - how to go about it, what to do, and what not to do :) Anything is welcome. Attached is a hell of lot of pictures.

Oh - and any suggestions for coping with morning dew, if the camera has to stay outside for 3-4 hours during timelapse? :)

Thanks a bunch,


Nuonaton5 years ago
I think I would have left the timer together and fabricated a bracket to hold my camera, so turning the timer on would begin revolution. As far as morning dew goes, an enclosure with some sort of desiccant would probably work. Though to keep dew from forming on the lens part you may require heat, a small Night light bulb would probably be more than enough.