Recently, we receive many inquiries on the intervalometer. Please allow me to explain more here.
So first, we need to know the Rotator has 2 modes:
Star Tracking mode, and Move Shoot Move mode (time-lapse mode).
What's the difference between them? Let me show you:
Star tracking mode: The Rotator rotates automatically, NO NEED triggering.
Once you set it to Star Tracking mode, the Rotator will automatically rotate continuously at an even speed, with no stop. (It rotates 360° in 24hrs)
The Rotator just rotates automatically. You do not need to connect your camera's hot shoe to the Rotator.
So as a star tracker, this Rotator supports any brand of cameras.
Move Shoot Move mode (timelapse mode): The Rotator rotates by triggering, it NEEDS triggering.
Once you set it to the speeds (numbers), the Rotator is set to Move Shoot Move mode. Under this mode, the Rotator will not rotate without a trigger signal. You can imagine it's the slave of the signal.
He is waiting for the signal that tells him to rotate. Once he receives the signal, he will rotate one step, then stop and wait for the next signal to Rotate.
The Rotator has some requirements for the signal, he can only recognize Canon, Nikon, and Sony's hot shoe signal. (That's why Olympus, Fujifilm, and other brands' hot shoe can not trigger the Rotator)
And, later we found: this intervalometer could output the same signal as Canon's hot shoe signal. So this intervalometer could be used to trigger the Rotator's Move Shoot Move mode.
That's to say, if your camera is Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic..etc, then you could also enjoy the Rotator's Move Shoot Move feature with this intervalometer's help.
Below is a video demo for the Move Shoot Move mode, triggered by the intervalometer.
If you have any questions on it, feel free to contact us by email or Facebook messenger.
I have been using the Rotator with laser for wide field astro for the past 10 months and it's become my favorite tracker. I have a large iOptron tracker as well. But the Rotator is much faster to set up and use. Recently I wondered about adding the polar scope since I use a polar aligned iOptron for deep space objects with good success. I jury rigged the iOptron polar scope to the MSM Rotator and was able to get some good deep space exposures of Andromeda with 270mm f/2.8 and with a 1.4x teleconverter at f/4 with 60 second exposures, no problem, so I'm ordering the polarscope from MSM as I write this. I highly recommend the product. I've been using tracking mount for five years but this is by far the most enjoyable mount I've ever used.
Hi folks Im really really new to the rotator and have only used properly once due to the rare occurrence of a dark starry night where I live. However I am really delighted with the results, the difference in clarity with milky way shots is phenomenal. I am regretting not getting the pan Tilt head just the ball head… that has to be my next purchase. I’m really looking forward to getting more great night sky shots using this!
Trigger rotator by an intervalometer