About this website
This website has been created with the aim of providing the visitor with an ability to tour the Saddleworth scenic environment from the comfort of their own home. The project was started in the early summer of 2012 and is an ongoing effort so the content and mechanics of the site will change from time to time, specifically when new panorama movies are added. For the technically inquisitive types, the equipment used to make the panoramic images contained herein was all just regular stuff ... a digital SLR camera (A Sony A550) fitted with an 11-18mm wide angle lens, this combo was then mounted on an old 1970s era swivel top tripod via a contraption I made myself that allows for the exit pupil focal point of the camera to capture every frame from exactly the same plane rotated about a zero point, which is the secret of getting everything right. The number of photographs, increments and angle alterations required for success took me a while to figure out, though, and so I just don't want to let the cat out of the bag on how I did it just yet, so I ain't gonna say ... but I might do so in the future, maybe even dedicate a new page to how I did it and the equipment used, but that's for another day.
In the gallery section there are a collection of all the panoramas used in making this site. They are shown in their equirectangular format whch means that they may look a little weird at the top & bottom because that is how the software stretches them so they can be rendered into real 360 X 180 views. Printable versions can be tweaked (unbent) to look correct on print. All of the photographs are deliberately too small & offset just a touch enough as to be of no use to anyone for unauthorised reproduction, likewise, the panoramic movies are not full high quality ... they're just about good enough to publish for viewing and not too big as to load up slowly.
The tour page is where all the action is, obviously. Use the icons to move about and enjoy your exploring ... there are sixty two (62) VR environments to discover so far covering Delph, Dobcross, Diggle & Uppermill. The Greenfield area, Dovestones aside, has not been documented yet. The first panorama that starts off the tour was made directly beneath the road bridge that spans the Huddersfield canal adjacent to Brownhill visitor center which is, for the best part, a border because one can either go towards Diggle, Dobcross or Uppermill from here, and these are indeed the options that are offered here, heading off towards Uppermill via the viaduct will take you to Uppermill, turning right and going for the river Tame will head towards Dobcross & Delph and spinning around to the opposite direction will head you off into Diggle.
The panoramic views of Saddleworth
The tour icons effect the control of transporting oneself about between the various panoramic views. There are two types of icon each with two instances. When you hover over the icon it will change colour to green, hovering just below will reveal a text destination, clicking either will transport you to that location. The orange binocular icon is the standard transport icon & will move you to where it is shown (or near enough) which is where the picture was made. The binocular icon standard default colour is orange. The purple person icon is the second type of transporter. It signifies a tour of a specific location, the inside of a building for example. When hovered over it will change colour to green and a text location description can be invoked in the same way as with the binocular icon. Clicking on either will take you to that destination. As well as the icon enabled tranporting from place to place one can control the panorama with either the control panel that pops out when hovered over (at the bottom of the animation) or the mouse/keyboard. The control panel is self explanatory using standard inovative icons that determine what happens when they are activated, ie: the '+' icon zooms in and the '-' icon zooms out, the arrows move the animation in the direction they indicate, the circle arrow initiates automatic revolving, the 'i' button displays site info and the icon at the far right will take you into full screen retard mode (sends some people giddy), the only way out of full retard mode is to press the escape button on the keyboard. Left clicking the mouse button whilst dragging will also initiate animated movement within the panorama and some browsers will even let you use the wheel. The only caveat I have encountered so far is with Windows Internet Explorer ~ they do not use WW3 web standard coding so some pages might not work properly, that ain't my fault, it's Windows. Get a different browser, it matters not which one, they're all better than Micro$oft & free.
Tours within tour
There are instances of tours within the main tour. At the moment the only ones are Saddleworth museum and Dovestones reservoir, a virtual tour of the museum & Dovestones can be experienced by clicking the appropriate purple person icon. See the Tour icons legend below for icon clarification.
It is also worth pointing out that in some panoramas, when one is confronted with the opening view, some of the transporting icons and text descriptions can conflict with one another when you are trying to determine which one to visit. When this happens the most simple way of resolving your required destination is to zoom in a little way with the '+' button or mouse wheel, doing this will offer a greater margin of seperation between the destinations and aid you in your choice of exploring the VR environment.
That's about all I can think of to say at the moment so I'll leave it at that, suffice to say that I hope you enjoy your visit and virtual 'bounce' around the Saddleworth area as I have so far manged to document it and thank you for having a look around, so to speak.