Late night last night trying to get some shooting star photos...no luck - my G9 only does 15 second exposures and I don't have the wired cable release for my Canon film camera. Up till 1:30 which is way past my bed time. I'm feeling it today. Only five hours of sleep last night when I am used to my normal nine.
Got enthralled a while back by a link to some panning time lapse videos shot in the Big Bend. For the life of me, I can't find the link - but still searching. However, here is a very good example of the effect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7UUP8ESxnw The rig used to shoot the precision videos costs about $800. I did some searching online and found an $8 solution...mind you it is very basic and does not have the amount of control as the expensive version - but it works pretty good. Bought two cheap wind up kitchen timers for my experiment. Here are links to videos of the cheap modification and my first test.