Easy to use. Helpful staff. Helped me get all the pieces I needed
Good quality works fine.
I bought the MSM wedge to replace a SkyWatcher wedge that was very gritty and sloppy, IMHO. The new MSM wedge is smooth and much lighter. I don’t have to worry about sudden jerky movements or wobbles.
Very happy with my kit. Started this summer and the results are already night and day compared to shooting without the MSM. Very happy and can’t wait to use it next summer !
Recently purchased the MSM Rotator Wedge along with the new version of the laser pointer, game changer for me. No more trying to perform a balancing act using a free floating ball head. The wedge gives me the ability for precious movement in both directions, super accurate laser alignments is a breeze. Great bit of kit and very well built.
As a skyscape beginner, I found the wedge super helpful for a more precise polar alignment especially as I try different focal lengths. It also made my vertical pano shots much more simplistic. I’m thoroughly enjoying my MSM and accessories. Now for clear skies!
Wedge for precise polar alignment
Quality has improved a lot
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I bought the MSM to replace a Vixen Polarie tracker. The MSM is superior to the Vixen in every category (weight, price, size, ease of setup) except payload. However, the MSM is excellent for any camera with a prime lens up to around 100mm. It's certainly perfect for wide angle star field shots using 12mm to 50mm (full frame) lenses.
The phone mount makes polar alignment a snap, especially using the MSM V plate. The best video for how to do this is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7NcaBQxfDk (if the URL doesn't work, search for the video named "Follow up to my Move Shoot Move phone mount video. How to get the best results with MSM phone mount!" on the "Chasing Luminance" channel.
I recommend getting a 1/4" inch to 3/8" brass spigot to attach the phone mount to the MSM. These are available in any camera store; they're in the lighting section because they are normally used with light stands.
For ease of assembly in the field with a V plate, I put an Arca-Swiss plate on the bottom of the V mount so I can attach it directly to my tripod head, an Arca Swiss clamp on the V plate's top section, and another Arca-Swiss plate on the bottom of the MSM. To assemble the system in the dark, the V plate just snaps onto your tripod head, and then the MSM (with the Arca-Swiss plate on its bottom) clamps directly to the V plate's top section. No fiddling around with screws in the dark.
Three photos are attached. One shows the Milky Way taken using full spectrum camera with an H-Alpha filter and the MSM; this was my first MSM outing. The other two show the MSM on a V plate with my recommended setup using 2 Arca-Swiss plates, one Arca-Swiss clamp, and the brass spigot for the phone mount.
The reflective tape (on the MSM) and reflective ribon (on the phone mount) are helpful in the dark for finding equipment in the dark (also for not losing stuff!). Enjoy!
MSM wedge provides me an accurate way of aligning my tracker with polaris. It is smooth and very responsive.