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 ballhead 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.
For the shipping date,
According to our plan, the first lot will be finished on Dec.10. 2020
Max load: 4kg
Z Platform, 220 gram
V Platform, 175 gram
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Super impressed with the quality out of such a small product - can recommend it!
Great unit, works very well. Still waiting on the replacement screws however.
The Z Platform simplifies the positioning of the camera so much it has found a permanent placement between the tracker and ball head.
As much as I enjoy using these and the build quality is great, I find it’s a little bit of a learning curve to get them stable. Just practice setup before you go into the dark with them
The Z&V Platform is the perfect addition to your move shoot move setup. It makes the adjustments significantly easier and if you are going for a tracked panorama, this is a must have! I tried some different solutions before, but this is by far the best in case of quality and flexibility. Good Job MSM
The Z platform is the perfect add-on for your MSM! I didn’t think it was possible to Improve the MSM shooting experience, but this has taken it to a new level. Positioning your camera to just the right angle is now easier.
The Z plate is an awesome addition to the msm tracking system! I love being able to work with my camera above the tracker now this allows me to point at targets straight up in the sky now and makes it easier to shoot panoramic shot! Thanks msm !