MSM™ Star Tracker& Timelapse Rotator


Sale price $199.00 Regular price

$399.00

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What has updated in the new button version?

  • Replace the Knob by Button to solve the defectives caused by knob design.
  • 15% space-saving than the Knob.
  • Added 1/2 star tracking mode, then you can take the Milkyway in one shot.
  • Remove the less used panorama mode.

Click here to check our user's experience with MSM Rotator.

 

How to Choose the Ideal Gear for Your Astro-Landscape Photography?

Do I need the star pointer?

  1. If you are a new player, we recommend choosing the star pointer as a start. It's easier to do the polar alignment for new players.  (Star Pointer's output is <1mw, please check above label)
  2. If you mainly play with a wide-angle lens, then the star pointer is enough and the most convenient for you.

So,

  • If you are new and have a low budget, you can just buy the Basic kit B to start.
  • If you want one ready to shoot Astro kit, then you can buy the Pro kit B. 
  • If you are experienced, I suppose you've understood how much you can benefit from the Rotator's portability and it's straight forward design.

    Do I need to buy the Polar Scope?

    1. If you play with a long lens, then better add the Polar Scope to do a more accurate polar alignment.
    2. If you are from Australia, then you should buy the Polar Scope due to it is prohibited in Australia to buy the laser pointer.
    3. If you may travel to shoot in Australia or some locations that do not allow laser pointer, then better have one Polar Scope for them.

    So, 

    How to do the polar alignment?

    1. We have a tutorial in our user manual, also we have a tutorial for Southern Hemisphere. 
    2. We are online every day to help, just shoot our Email/Messenger anytime.

    Does this Tracker support my Camera?

    1. As a star tracker, it can support all cameras.
    2. As a timelapse mount, It works directly with Nikon, Canon, Sony camera through the hot-shoe port. For Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, just connect this intervalometer will be ok.

    Satisfaction Guarantee

    30 days full refund Warranty.

    If you received a defective one, don’t worry, we will resend you a new one instantly. Up until now, the defective rate is within 1%.

    If you do not want to buy it anymore within 30 days, return to us, and you will get a full refund, in this case, you just need to pay the returning shipping fee, it may cost $20 from your country to us.

    1 Year Quality Warranty

    If it happens to malfunction,  we will exchange a new one for you all at our expense. 

     

    Check Mr.Alyn's Review from the UK, on star tracking.

    Check Mr.Gunther's Review from Germany on timelapse.

        

      The mechanism for Time-lapse: 

      It works by adjusting the angle of rotation, not the speed of rotation, with seven options: Star Tracking Mode; Time-lapse mode of 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.125 degrees per picture. Therefore, you control the camera's rotating based upon the angle selected, and the interval set on your timer (you need a separate timer/intervalometer, which is inexpensive). The longer the interval you set, the slower of the rotation. Once you are done taking a picture (which the rotator ‘knows’ through the hot-shoe cable), the rotator will turn the defined angle, which means that the camera is not turning while the picture is being taken.
      Key Features:
        Weightless (450g), Compact (1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9")
        Ultra-long battery life

          Up too 3000 shots in one charge. 

          Passive (Slave) motorized in timelapse mode

            The Rotator is just a slave to your camera (intervalometer). No confliction with your camera's built-in App, compatible with most cameras that has a hot shoe port. Check Why Passive Design

            Innovative Worm Gear System 

              Our worm-gear self-lock mechanism presents two key benefits: Top-Level Move Shoot Move performance and Super Long Battery Life. Check Worm Gear SystemCheck Move Shoot Move

              SPECIFICATIONS

              Size: 1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9" (4.3cm x 8cm x 9.9cm)

              Weight: 1.01 lbs (450g)

              Max Load: 3 Kg

              Step Options: Star Tracking Mode (360° in 24hrs) | 0.05°/step, 0.075°/step, 0.1°/step, 0.125°/step 

              Input: DC5.0V 1.0A Max

              Battery Life: 5 hrs for star tracking / 3000 shots for time-lapse

                Warranty: One Year

                PACKING LIST
                SiFo Rotator         x1
                Charging Cable    x1
                Hot-shoe Cable    x1
                1/4 to 3/8 Adapter x1

                Customer Reviews

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                L.E.N.
                Solid product but a small "defect"

                This is a solid product. Very tiny, works well and is well buildt. But the solution with a loose screw to screw on your tripod head is not a good solution. Since the screw dont stop when you screw it in that can result in the tripod head falling off og difficult to mount.

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                D.S.
                First time with a rotator

                All seems to work as expected. I have only had a chance to use it once. Looking forward to trying the laser to align (came in a separate shipment) as the scope is very difficult to use at night. (Black scope marking on a black sky make it difficult to align, shining a light into the scope at a specific angle helps but then it’s hard to set the ball heads because you’re holding a light and the camera/rotator and trying to lock the ball head).

                J
                J.Y.
                Great Astro Product

                Its really compact and easy to carry with you when you travel to shoot astrophotography. Looking forward to many shots using it.

                L
                L.D.
                Very good

                Compared to my giant startracker, this one is very compact and lightwheight, higly recommend!

                F
                F.C.
                Great overall

                As said in the title, it’s a great overall product. It came with all the stuff you need to make it work and I was impress how solid it looked. Seems like we’ll worth the price invested in. It does what it advertise.
                One of the thing that I prevented me for putting 5stars is the lack of documentation concerning how to assemble it and make it work. Even the online PDF was not clear on the steps you need and all the setup options.
                Second things is the lack of options concerning the movement speed in timelapse. It’s either too fast, or too slow, their is no ideal speed, specially for night photography.
                Third, is the most annoying. Delivery time. Omg... so freaking long delivery time. I’m living in a crowded city and it took 32 days to arrive! That’s awfull.

                T
                T.A.
                Travel Astro Rotator

                Although we haven't yet had skies clear enough to use my MSM rotator, I am impressed with the engineering of it. Looking forward to some clear skies in Lanzarote in November.

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                r.d.

                Good product

                C
                C.R.
                Great but one glitch

                The rotator itself is great but there’s been a problem with the laser. When the temp is in the 50’s(Fahrenheit) it either doesn’t turn on or only puts out about 1/4 strength. If I put it my pocket for a few minutes it works again. It’s fully charged by the way.

                H
                H.P.
                Thanks MSM

                After a moth I got my Gauda sky tracker is small and looks good quality.
                It takes long time to arrive but John was helpful, once again thank you so much.
                Greetings from sacred valley of incas Peru .
                Holmes

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                S.
                Using MoveShootMove for Aurora

                I was intrigued by the size and light weight, so I got one for my aurora trip to Iceland. I was limited to one suitcase and one camera bag, so I had to travel light. I just used it in the panoramic mode and it worked just fine. I am concerned about the unique cable (hot shoe adapter) getting lost or damaged, so it may be better for a future enhancement to have the unit trigger the camera like some of the other trackers. Also, when setting it up, it was not clear which side should be facing up. Was it designed so the entire unit rotates or just the round disk rotates? It seems that the unit should be mounted with the bubble level up and the entire unit rotates. I have not tried using it for star tracking yet, but hope to soon.