Why Tracking Astrophotography?
The MSM rotator. worked a treat.. I can easily get good results with no star slip upto 120-240s..Long with low ISO on Nikon Z6ii offered a creamy dark sky with little to no noise at >60s... Similar to results you get by stacking a bunch of 15 or so 8s exposures at ISO3200 for noise... What the tracker / rotator does though at those longer exposures is to really pull the colour out from the sky.... Air glow becomes very evident the longer you go.. which is nice if you want it.. not if you are looking beyond it. In terms of portability.. it slips in the kit bag with the same weight penalty of a lens, and has a small footprint... not an issue to carry on a hike to dark sky on the top of a mountain....
Very Impressed so Far!
I've been using the MSM with the Laser Alignment for about 2 months now and all I can say is wow! This little device is a must have for astrophotography! I've taken it out on multiple occasions and no longer have to struggle with technical rules or the stacking post-processing technique. It's extremely easy to set up, there are plenty of tutorials out there, and the community is welcoming and willing to assist. Definitely glad I purchased and I cannot wait to see what other incredible add-ons MSM comes out with!
Works pretty great!
This is a very, very good product and it's so much less expensive than the competition. The results I've gotten with the Move Shoot Move have been phenomenal, much better than I used to get withstacking and a million times better than a single shot. . It's easy to use and very affordable. Portability is also impressive. I've been recommending it to all my friends.
Good Lightweight Star Tracker For Those That Hike
I have been so happy with my 90 second exposures at f4/ISO 800-1600 I personally see no reason for stacking.
I've had only one opportunity when the weather and my schedule allowed me to go out for a Milky Way shoot. That one event was extremely successful and much better with the MSM tracker than static images and image stacking. I found the MSM easy to setup and easy to use. My kit included Nikon Z6 with 14-30 mm f/4 Z-mount Nikon S lens and an intervalometer. My exposure settings were f/5.6, 3 minutes, and ISO 100.
I'm looking very much forward to my next outing with the MSM.
Great tracker, easy to use
I am technically challenged and if I could use this and put it together by myself than anyone could. Before the tracker I used stacking and my maximum exposure was 20 seconds.
This light and portable tracker goes on and 180s later the amazing colors of Milky Way and clusters come alive !
Polar alignment is very easy to do with this tracker. I have a polarscope and a laser . Overall great tracker.
What is a star tracker mount?
Auther: Hanna Date:2022-7-22
As we know that the Earth rotates by itself, it takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds to make a 360° rotation.
Star tracker rotates at the same speed as the earth, but opposite in direction to compensate the Earth’s self-rotation, then the stars will be (synced) tracked, and they will be relatively still with our camera lens! Then we can shoot the stars just like shooting the general still objects at night, that's to say, you're not limited by 500 rule, low ISO and 120s exposure is applicable!
Well yes, with a tracker, we will have a side effect, the blurry foreground (or rather the earth). In this case, we just need to take a new photo by turning off the tracker and merge these two images with photoshop later.
Why Do We Need a Star Tracker for Astrophotography?
Below are some of the main benefits:
INCREASE THE EXPOSURE TIME:
This is the key benefit when using a star tracker for astrophotography. You can increase the shutter speed and get minutes exposures depending on the focal length you use. This will also reduce the digital noise in your images.
REDUCE THE ISO:
As a direct result of increasing your shutter speed, you can reduce the ISO. Instead of using the typical night photography ISO 3200-6400, in tracked astrophotography, you can drastically reduce the ISO to values below 1600. This will reduce the noise and provide more dynamic range in your images.
CLOSE THE APERTURE:
Closing the aperture will result in getting sharper images. Also, you’ll see a big improvement with less vignetting and lens aberrations like coma or chromatic aberrations. All these three factors together will give you a higher quality image, with a ton of detail, less noise, and more colors. As mentioned earlier, acquiring a star tracker for astrophotography will increase the quality of your astrophotography exponentially.
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Tired of trails and noise?
Do you want to expose for more than 60 seconds? Well... MSM is what you are looking for. It moves your camera in the opposite direction but at the same speed as the earth to eliminate the stars from trailing in your image, so you can do a long exposure with ease.
We've made the task of Polar Alignment as easy as just aiming the pointer at Polaris, making astrophotography an uncomplicated process. Just set your exposure and focus, and you're ready to go.
Very light weight and easy to use for Milkyway shots. I like the fact that this company keep improving their product unlike iOptron or any other star tracker companies.
- Keiko Yamasaki, Temecula, California, United States