Thanks to Mr.Steven who kept pushing us on this, also thanks to Stephen Dyer, he suggested this mount from last year.
Finally, it's ready!
If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, this phone mount is a must-have.
Please feel free to contact us anytime, any questions.
Why do I need it?
Actually there are many cases when laser pointers or polar scopes are not possible in field, so polar alignment with phone apps is quite convenient from this aspect and a phone mount is in need then.
Here are some common situations when you would like to use it:
- in countries like Australia and Switzerland where laser pointers are mostly banned
- when buildings, mountains, etc. blocking the sky ahead of you that you could not point to Polaris
- in locations such as airports and observatories where laser pointers are not allowed
For polar alignment with phones, the Phone Mount is adjustable, easy to use, and light-weight, with the phone-holder part free to rotate.
- free to rotate the phone-holder part
- extendable grip enabling to adjust the phone-holder part for your phone size
- soft padding to securely holds your device
- fit for both 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 screws
Wide compatibility: 62mm-90mm, 4.5”-7.3”
Max load: 2kg
Item weight: 0.352lbs(0.16kg)
Material: aluminum alloy
How to do polar alignment with phones?
- Set up well your Rotator and camera.
- Mount the Phone Mount to the Rotator, your phone to the Phone Mount.
- Open a planetarium app and go to its AR feature, look for North/South Pole(depends on the hemisphere you're in) with the app.
There you go, ready to shoot!
How to mount it?
- Screw the Phone Mount onto a rig, the side of the Rotator facing at the ground in the case of polar alignment.
- Mount your phone to it and lock it well by controlling the knobs.
- Align the edge of your phone with the edge of the Rotator.
- Lock the position by rotating the knob on the other side compared to your phone.
Mount is easy to set up, which I then aligned using the Night AR function in the Photopills app. I managed to track for 90 seconds at 24mm with pinpoint stars..
I'm confident of longer when I get the chance to use it in the longer nights in the UK.
Haven't yet tried the laser, but it's quicker than using the Polar Scope
Works like a charm for me. I am very satisfied with th product
Locking is solid and stable. It is also compact and lightweight when folded.
However, I wish the width was a little slimmer. My tracker has a polar scope near the polar axis, and this head is in the way, making it difficult to correct the polar alignment after pointing the camera at the target object.
This mount is a great for aligning the MSM before it gets dark. I easily get 2-minute exposures with a wide-angle lens but you can always confirm things with laser or polar scope once it gets dark.
As you can see in the product images on the MSM shopping page, the holder doesn’t align exactly with the rotator when it’s screwed on, so you have to align the phone by rotating the ball head holding it. That works fine when using PhotoPills AR to center the NCP. But be aware that there is a little bit of lateral play at the ball head (about6 degrees in each direction on my holder), so when setting up the holder, measure the distance of each arm to the rotator to be sure they are equal, otherwise your NCP alignment will be off a few degrees.
I have not as yet used the unit and have been waiting for the phone mount. I live in the southern hemisphere and the difficulty of locating the south pole axis has now been made a lot easier. With winter here and clear nights I am hoping to go to Lake Tekapo - a designated World Clear sky area to test the unit. I am confident in the unit as it has been produced with care and delivered to the highest standard. I cannot yet review its performance but I expect it to provide everything an amateur like me could hope for. Rob
Small, simple and does a great job!. I bought for when travelling as others are combersone but this is exactly what I wanted and does and excellent job, even using in the day for daytime lapse photos it's great.
I travel all over the country so having a reliable star tracker that is sturdy and compact like the MSM, is a complete game changer. I've been able to get crisp 2 minute exposures at 120mm!
The phone mount is well made and greatly helps in polar alignment, especially as I stay near the equator and cannot see polaris and both laser and scope is useless. Now all i need is point north and set my rotator to the my latitude angle with the help of the phone.
This is great, the only way I can align without seeing Polaris. Certainly good enough for 30s exposures. The holder is a little loose at the joint, but it doesn't seem to be a big deal or cause problems for alignment.