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, and Olympus, 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?
- 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:
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 Year
1/4 to 3/8 Adapter x1
I've been using MSM for a couple months, and there is a visible and significant improvement in astrophotography images. Significantly less noise and better colour.
I'm able to mount Canon 5DM3 with Samyang 12mm or Sigma 35mm f1.4 and a RRS pano-gimbal head with nodal slide (a heavy setup) which works fine, as long as camera setup is kept more or less directly above MSM rotating access. NOTE: MSM won't support this weight if more than about 15-20 degrees off vertical. I also used a DIY pipe clamp to maintain connection between ball head and MSM rotating base plate.
Using Polar scope was difficult in Sth Hemisphere. With practice I was able to locate Sigma Octantis.
Have had a chance to try out the tracker a couple of times now. Love that it is so much lighter than our ioptron. Wanted a solution that we could take backpacking. Have taken it a couple of times and had success with wider angle lenses. Looking forward to getting out with it more!
I have used my MoveShootMove four times so far, and will be again this next weekend. So far it has worked quite well and I have been very pleased with it. Aligning using the laser pointer is a breeze, but I have also purchased the wedge which makes fine adjustments very easy. I have not tried it without the wedge, but I am assuming it would be a little more difficult to exactly position the laser pointer on the north star, so I highly recommend purchasing the wedge also. It's a little expensive but well worth it.
I have been able to successfully track my 16mm lens for a 5 minute exposure, and even used it to shoot the comet using my 350mm telephoto lens for a 30 second exposure, both with flawless results. The size is quite compact, so I'm even taking it on a multi-day backpacking trip later this week.
Just a couple minor quips about the laser pointer. First of all the lasers battery charger does not indicate when it is charging, done charging, etc. I'm assuming it's being charged, but being able to see an indicator that shows full charge would be a big plus. Second, the battery for the laser pointer dies very quickly in cold temperatures. And since the laser pointer housing is metal it cools the battery even more quickly. This is not a big problem, after alignment simply remove the laser pointer from it's mount and put it in a warm pocket.
So yes, if you are looking for a lower cost quality tracker this is the product for you.
I love the tracker. it's work so amazing. As I'm from southern hemisphere I think it will be hard to do polar alignment but I'm totally impressed as it's so easy to align. I just point the devices toward south using compass and use photophill app to tilt it in the right declination and it will do the job super great. :) totally love it. Good job MVM team.
I a hobby photographer that loves shooting the Milky Way during the summer months in WA state. I'd been eyeing a few star trackers, but because this is a hobby, I didn't want to spend a huge amount of money. I also didn't want something heavy and hard to use for hiking trips. I came across the MSM tracker and immediately knew I had to try it. A few user errors in the beginning with it being my first time using a tracker, but once I got those figured out, I was able to take some amazing Milky Way photos, shooting for 2-4 minutes without trails, at very low ISOs. Alignment with the laser is quick and easy, set up is a breeze, and it fits my light-weight gear need perfectly.
First, I was a 35second 14mm 2.8 shooter of the heavens. Many beautiful images, but many images were a little flat in perspective I discovered. Essentially the bright stars came through in 35 seconds.
When I fired up the move shoot move fella, the laser was fun getting north sighted in and my production that first night was fantastic. You do really want to nail Polaris the best you can and I went up to 2 minutes and my results were interesting. To my shock the stars were pin sharp on longer durations and the depth was enhanced, I could capture many more faint stars. So I was very happy.
My suggestion to MSM marketing is to provide a process of camera setting discovery. For a novice like me I used a YouTube explanation which was fine but as a product satisfaction engineer it seemed like a step MSM could add to get the novice off the ground quicker.
The MSM tracker was very easy to setup and use. Within a few minutes I captured my first tracked Milky Way Image!
Not willing to spend thousands of dollars on a new hobby, we were pleased to find the MSM an affordable alternative which also has time-lapse capabilities. The Pro Kit A we ordered contained all we needed to get polar aligned and photographing within 10 minutes. The MSM is so compact, it takes up less space than our cameras and lenses, making it perfect for grab-n-go excursions. We highly recommend the MSM for beginner and intermediate photographers of the skies.
Simple to use and effective
This is a backpacker photographers dream. I don’t have to haul a bunch of extra weight with me and I can still get tracked milky way shots. The tracker is very easy to set up and use. It is lightweight and fits easily in my ultralight setup. I used it with my Sony a7riv and 16-35 mm lens with great tracking results. Great product.