I must be an idiot...
After spending thousands of dollars on Panoweaver 4, a Nikon D70, and Nikon 10.5mm lense, a 360 Precision head and a Bogen tripod, I now can't shoot panoramas that look anywhere near as good as my old Nikon 995 and Ipix software! After reading every message on this and many other boards, I am so frustrated I feel like trashing all this stuff!
I level the tripod, put the camera in manual mode, set manual focus, set the exposure lock on and set white balance to sunlight, then take six shots around and one up. I use a cap on the bottom. When using Panoweaver, I can't make it through 1 out of 5 sets without being asked to manually add control points, usually with a white ceiling or blue sky zenith shot that I can't make out one single matching point.
I'm ready just to pitch it all and go to VisualTours just so I can get something done and get on with my life.
If anyone can take a look at these photos (about 20MB, sorry) and tell me why they stitch to this piece of junk, I would be most appreciative.