I don’t do polar alignment in the orthodox manner. I use PS Align Pro’s “No Polarscope Alignment” feature. I put the iPhone in the holder with the top of the phone parallel to the back of the rotator and the face of the phone parallel to the top of the rotator. I lock down the mount’s ballhead. Now the phone is parallel to the axis of rotation of the rotator. I then align with PSAlign Pro. I haven’t gone beyond two minute exposures with a 24mm lens, but this method works well for that and there’s no stooping this way!!
Necessary tool for polar alignment in the southern hemisphere. Solid and functional. Would like to see MSM release a mobile app that will compliment it for polar alignment, most available apps do not use a cross hairs or are very accurate.
So now I don't need to see polaris to align with polaris. How cool is that?
Effective unit to hold phone for lining up poles but I also use it to hold phone direct to tripod almost impossible to aligh at 90 degrees to MSM
Very nice and solid, however, aligning it parallel/perpendicular to the MSM is quite difficult if not impossible.
Polar Alignement with the laser pointer has been something of a challenge due to a visual impairment so I had basically given up on getting decent pictures that matched my imagination. The phone holder has fixed that for sure, even if getting the position for PhotoPils to work properly is a bit fiddly.
If I was being picky I would have preferred just the two phone positions, end on and “flat” to North since these are the only two alignments that really make sense with the apps, but that is a very minor quibble.
Special shout out to Hanna from Customer Support who was very patient with keeping me up to date on expected shipping.
I'm probably in the minority here as I don't currently own a MSM start tracker rotator. A very nice Fornax tracker was gifted to me and I've had problems aligning.it with the polarscope provided. I made a crude device to use my phone with it and it worked reasonably well, but was bulky. When I saw MSM's phone mount alignment tool advertised I decided to take a chance and buy it but thought it would need modifications to use on my non-MSM rotator, but as it turned out, it works like a champ. I also ordered a head torch and a couple of lens warmers that look nice, but I haven't used them yet (It's been really cold out here in Wyoming). I did have a few problems with the shipping as I received a shipment order that tracked the package as far as Salt Lake City and there it sat for a number of weeks so I contacted MSM and received a nice reply from Hanna who then tried to help locate and get the package moving. Unfortunately, the package was lost, but through Hanna, MSM promptly packaged and sent a duplicate order which arrived in good condition. I appreciate the service provided. I would recommend Move-Shoot-Move.
I've found the phone Mount easy to use and extremely helpful. It exceeds my expectations.
I bought this as a gift for a friend. Very compact and solid indeed. I did test it before giving it to my friend. I really liked the cellphone attachment. With the Photo Pils app, I was able to quickly polar align without having to have Polaris in view.
This is a great entry-level star tracker that even experienced users will enjoy having, because it's small enough you can take it with you when you wouldn't consider a larger alternative. It performs well, although it takes some practice to set it up correctly and to polar align it. Highly recommended for people new to astrophotography who want to try star tracking.