The kit came in yesterday and the first thing I did was run a script to pan back and forth and that worked great. But when I switched to tilt I could hear the gears grinding away and it was obvious there was an issue with the gears not meshing and that motor got hot. I did a quick shutdown and the servo started to scream until I pulled the power cord. Oh well at least least I was able to test the pan feature and it was great being able to point the camera. I contacted support and just need to open a ticket and get an RM. I am running on a Pi4, with MotionEye on Raspbian, a 2.1 pi cam and an additional USB cam. I have had it going for a while recording mostly wildlife at night and during the day with fixed cameras so the pan tilt will be great once its all working.
The project includes mounting the unit to a post outside but I need to enclose it in a clear half dome similar to a big snow globe or clear cylinder with a dome that sits over a mechanical clock. A mechanical clock unit might work if the cover is plastic and the clock could be removed and parts could be mounted in its place. I have thought of a number of things that could work but can’t quite find anything big enough or modular that could have the pan tilt unit and hat attached to a base covered by the dome though which and extended header could could be used to attached to pi module below for instance. If I can find a clear dome like a big round food storage bowl that might work, but I have only been able to find small ones. I have seen similar projects and plans to print up weather proof cases for fixed cameras but just can’t find anything for a pan tilt setup. If anyone has an idea please let me know.