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:
Check what our users say:
- 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.
I have the V Platform and it performs very well. Locks down solid and hold the camera and ball head very secure.
I have bought a few cheaper Z plates in the past - the first one fell apart before I used it and the others could not take any weight. I have replaced them all with two MSM Z plates and a V plate - very happy.
I have already used them several times and the truth is that they are a pretty good invention and work well and without problems, I recommend them 100%.
When I first saw Alyn’s youtube video on the V and Z platforms, I recognised his engineering expertise in their design (the locking angles are great, and rotateability is particularly useful, and unique), but I didn’t expect them to be so _solid_. I can use them in place of a ballhead, in many circumstances, and there is no flex at all. And they pack down so small! I’m really glad I bought them :-)
I took the advice of several YouTubers, ordered the Move Shoot Move, and just spent the weekend taking some amazing night sky photos. This thing went with me on my Adventure Motorcycle trip, withstood 200 miles of trails before getting to a very dark location up on a ridge to take my photos. It worked flawlessly.
Love the Z mount , well designed and easy to use. It gives you added versatility and a lower profile than 2 ball mounts. I would recommend this to anyone uses the MSM tracker.
Very well made & sturdy, a great addition to the MSM tracker.
Easy and ergonomic to use
Very well built, easy to use and very versatile.
It’s a good product.
And very good service!