So far so good, the only thing that I had to do is to collimate the laser, as it was a bit off and it was easy enough.
Bought starter kit with ball head and Alyn Wallace Z plate. Found it easy to assemble, polar alignment is very easy. Overall very happy with my purchase.
Got my Z and V mount very quickly delivered in a solid package. Good quality product. Locks easily and very solid. I did not use it often yet but I certainly will use it a lot this winterseason. Recommended.
The V and the Z mount are a very good solution and replaces my Benro 3way head. Very good and sturdy design
Well designed, good build quality and lightweight.
Used it on my first session out. Got a little tangled up with all the locks, it sort of changed the stands for the tracker.I just need to see if I actually needs it on my rig. It is solid and sturdy and we’re well made
It was a good experience shopping with you. Always happy again.
Nice , compact and efficient.
super compatible using method and super super super products c my sony a6000
The Z mount adds flexibility and make polar alignment and camera mounting easier. position locks hold tight. Depending on location and camera, one Z-Mojunt, between MSM and tripod might be sufficient, with ball mount direct from MSM to camera - this also prevents mount from obstructing laser mount during motion.
22 Uses for Z mount
To be honest, besides the Astro usage, we've never thought it could benefit the slider users those much until we received the below reviews!
For low angle and macro usage, we've never thought it too.
Thank you for all your brilliant find out. It encourages us a lot.
Max load: 4kg
Z Platform, 220 gram
V Platform, 175 gram
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Below is a quick review of the journey, we hope you enjoy:
On the 14th June 2020, MSM ambassador Alyn Wallace told us that he has an idea for a new star tracker platform to solve the following problems:
- When at latitudes close to the equator it becomes very difficult to use the ball head on top of a star tracker.
-It’s also difficult to do panoramas, regardless of latitude.
Adding a “Star Tracker Platform” so that the ball head becomes level. The angle can be adjusted and locked into place and the platform can also be rotated. The platform is a perfect match for the Move Shoot Move rotator but also works with any star tracker..
Later, we researched all the possible alternative solutions, practicing and using, finally came to the first version as below:
1st Version, mainly verifying the mechanism to lock the angled platform and also the rotating base.
2nd Version, Enlarged the center rotation section.
- Wrapped the rotating disc to prevent dust entering.
- Changed screw to handle.
Added more space for the bottom handle, so we can operate with gloves.
And Finally, the final 5th Version, with some minor improvements to launch the production.
Below is the performance of the MSM Platform
Below is the performance of OTHERS
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Work as a tripod head
The V platform is for those who want to save weight. If you're already using a heavy setup you may not have much room to add weight on top of the MSM which has a payload of 3kg.
The Z platform has the added benefit of being able to be used to replace the ball head on a tripod when not using a star tracker at all. You can also use the Z platform as a table-top tripod. So it's an exchange of versatility for a little added weight.