For people just getting into panoramic photography, I’ve collected these links to help. Disclaimer: I provide these links without endorsement. I receive no compensation from manufacturers or retailers. These lists are not entirely comprehensive.
Besides eBay and general photographic stores, these sites specialize in panoramic equipment.
There are panoramic heads to suit all budgets. New entrants to the panohead scene have lowered the entry cost but still offer good quality results.
Many motorized panoheads are converted telescope mounts. Motorized heads are good for making gigapixel images.
Home Made Heads
There are many home made panoheads out there. Here are a few for inspiration.
Much of the proliferation in panoramic software is due to Helmut Dersch whose Panotools suite of programs revolutionized panoramic stitching for the common man.
Hugin (Free Open Source)
Microsoft ICE (Free)
Panomonkey (Free Online)
Dermandar (Free Online)
HDR Labs Has many links to software and other resources
Traditionally, QuickTimeVR was the original way of displaying spherical panoramas but this was surplanted by Flash based viewers and to a lesser extent Java based viewers. Currently, we’re in a transition towards HTML5 based panorama display.
Open Pano (Free Open Source)
IVRPA International VR Photography Association