⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I have friends who have bought star trackers and have never used them to take a photo, because they were too complicated to set up! And these are intelligent people. The Move-Shoot-Move is the most compact and easy to set up star tracker I have ever used. From the time I placed it on my tripod to finished alignment was only about two minutes, and within a couple more minutes I was shooting tracked images of the stars. Now, I discover it can do time-lapse movements as well! That will be my next outing..."
- Royce Bair, US
Finally, our big batch of polar scope is ready today. All orders with a polar scope will be shipped accordingly in the following days.
Thank you so much for your great patience and supports!
July 27. 2020
BEST PRICE AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
What has been updated in the new button version?
- Replaced the Knob with a Button to solve the deficiencies with the knob design.
- 15% smaller than the Knob.
- Added 1/2 speed star tracking mode, then you can take photos of the Milkyway with one shot.
- Removed the less frequently used panorama mode.
- Easier to install with the new screws with stopper
- An illuminator was added to the polar scope.
How to Choose the Ideal Gear for Your Astro-Landscape Photography?
After 9 months of test, we finally get the wedge ready, from now on the Pan/Tilt Head will be replaced by this wedge to give better precision in alignment.
Starter Kit: Rotator, Laser Pointer, Ball Head, Laser Bracket, Laser Charger
Basic Kit A: Rotator + Polar Scope + Scope illuminator+ Scope Bracket
Pro-Kit A: Rotator, Polar Scope, Scope illuminator, Scope Bracket, Wedge, Head Lamp (Red LED)
Basic Kit B: Rotator, Laser Pointer, Laser Bracket, Laser Charger
Pro-Kit B: Rotator, Laser Pointer, Laser Bracket, Laser Charger, Wedge, Head Lamp (Red LED)
Basic Kit C: Rotator, Laser Pointer, Polar Scope, Scope illuminator, Bracket, Laser charger
Complete Kit: Rotator, Polar Scope, Scope illuminator, Laser pointer, Wedge, Head Lamp, Bracket, Laser Charger)
Do I need the star pointer?
- If you are new to astrophotography, we recommend choosing the star pointer to begin. It's easier to use than the polar alignment for novices.
- If you mainly use a wide-angle lens, then the star pointer is enough and the most convenient for you.
- For US users, I recommend you just choose the Starter Kit, it will be shipped from our US warehouse directly to you, you can receive it in around 6 days in the current pandemic situation.
- If you are new and have a low budget, buy the Basic kit B to start
- If you want a ready to shoot Astro kit, buy the Pro kit B.
- If you are experienced, you will understand how much you can benefit from the Rotator's portability and it's straight forward design.
Do I need to buy the Polar Scope?
- If you use a long lens, then the Polar Scope will provide a more accurate polar alignment.
- If you are from Australia, then buy the Polar Scope as it is prohibited in Australia to buy the laser pointer.
- If you might travel to Australia, Switzerland or other locations that do not allow a laser pointer, then you will require a Polar Scope.
- If you live in Australia or Switzerland, buy the Basic Kit A to start
- If you just want a ready to shoot Astro kit for your DSLR, buy the Pro-Kit A.
- The Complete kit is set up to support all the above options, and is ready to go for all locations.
Does this Tracker support my Camera?
- As a star tracker, it can support all cameras.
- As a timelapse mount, it works directly with Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras through the hot-shoe port. For Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, etc. just connect the intervalometer.
30-days full refund Warranty.
If you received a defective one, don’t worry, we will resend you a new one immediately. Up until now, the defective rate is less than 1%.
If you do not want to keep it anymore within 30 days, return to us, and you will get a full refund. In this case, you just need to pay for the returning shipping fee, which might cost $20 from your country.
1 Year Quality Warranty
If it malfunctions, we will exchange it for a new one for you at our expense.
The mechanism behind Move Shoot Move star tracker:
- The Earth is rotating.
- What happened?
- How to expose more than 60 seconds?
- What's Polar alignment?
So, we need to make the Rotator's rotational axis parallel to the Earth's rotation axis. This is called polar alignment.
- Is your Polar alignment difficult and complicated?
- If you already know where to find Polaris, then just aim the laser at Polaris, and polar alignment is accomplished😉.
- If you don't know where to find Polaris, then download a free app, 'Skysafari,' set it to VR mode. It will spot Polaris when you move your phone around the sky.
- How to do a polar alignment in the Southern Hemisphere?
- If the star is tracked, will the foreground be blurred?
- First, we turn the tracker OFF to get a clear foreground shot(your composition).
- Then we wait for the ideal stars to show up in our composition, turn the track ON, and shoot the tracked stars. Then combine these two pictures to get the final one in Photoshop or other post-processing software.
"So simple to use
I purchased a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer awhile ago, and beside the weight, it was that complicated I just could not be bothered. Having received my MSM last week I went out with high hopes and it delivered. I did not purchase the polar scope or laser pointer, but used a couple of different apps on the phone and was able to take shots of more than 5 minutes with only small movement. Shots under 3 minutes were pin sharp.
Finally, the weight. So easy to just chuck it in the camera bag and take it anywhere. So glad I decided to purchase Move Shoot Move!!!"
- David Dalton, Forest Lake, AU
Below is Mr.Alyn's review from the UK, on star tracking.
Check Mr.Gunther's review, the godfather of 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 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:
Up too 3000 shots in one charge.Passive (Slave) motorized in timelapse mode
The Rotator is just a slave to your camera (intervalometer). There is no conflict with your camera's built-in App, and it is compatible with most cameras that have a hot shoe port.The 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.
Size: 1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9" (4.3cm x 8cm x 9.9cm)
Material: Aluminum alloy
Weight: 1.01 lbs (450g)
Max load: 6.6Lbs (3Kg)
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, Or more by connecting to an external power bank (work while charging).
Warranty: One YearPacking list: MSM Rotator x1 Charging Cable x1 Hot-shoe Cable x1
1/4 to 3/8 Adapter x1
I bought the MSM tracker after a positive recommendation by Alyn Wallace. I have also used a friends’ star tracker. Compared to others, the MSM is super small and takes seconds to set up. The laser pointer makes setup super fast, and having just a button makes use dead simple, compared to having to pair to an app, etc. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to track stars or shoot the Milky Way. It is also light enough to backpack with, which is another major bonus. After showing it to my astrophotographer friend who had the competitive product he bought one as well!
This is my first tracker and its been so easy to use, the level of my pictures have have been raised. Super simple to set up, small and portable. I highly recommend this to anyone!
In sum, this is a great product for the price point. There are better trackers our there, not at this price point. You would buy this if you wanted something small, portable at a very reasonable price. The MSM does everything very well, it's small, portable and once you figure out some of it's quirks, it's quick and easy to use.
It's not flawless and i've had some minor issues with it. The product continues to evolve and improve. The key is, my personal experience with their customer service has been fantastic. Very responsive and quick to resolve all of my issues.
I would highly recommend the MSM.
The Move-Shoot-Move works great - I use the laser alignment to polar align the tracker. It is so much lighter, and smaller than other trackers. This is a better solution than the other “massive” trackers.
Affordable and can’t wait to learn more about how to use it more :) nice to have a compact alternative
My first experience with a tracker, this is easy to set up, align and use. First time used, I was up and running in 10 minutes. 4 minute exposures at f5.6 iso 800. Very sharp star field. I am hooked.
Haven't had a lot of working time with it yet but, so far it has worked great. I did buy the Polar Scope after using the Laser Pointer. The pointer worked but, I felt conspicuous using it. It's pretty bright. The tracker has worked well each time I have used it. I was getting 2 minute exposures with no visible star trails. There is a little bit of trial and error when trying to get the camera pointed in the right direction after the alignment because of ball head limits. My first ever tracker and I am looking forward to the possibilities.
Product is portable and lightweight
The delivery was fast and the tracker works really good.