Even though only having had limited use from my MSM I am happy with the purchase and the results of the use. There is plenty of information available in the group to help with initial set up of the tracker.
I was needing something to help with my set up with my camera on a Star Adventurer and this was perfect for giving me a better angle to line up with the Milky Way. Light weight and small - it doesn't take up a lot of room in my camera bag as well and holds my Nikon Z6 with no issues.
Nice sturdy head torch, good light, just not sure why it blinks? Useful facing back if you are walking or cycling on roads at night I guess, but an extra step when turning it off for night photography use. Note that this is a replacement one, no fuss with my faulty info being replaced, excellent customer service
Make PA much easier
Thanks for the free adapter it does a good job and fits well
Bought MSM before my Holiday. Could capture a really nice Timelapse of the Milkyway - 3,5 Hours of Recording, 12s of Timelapse. I'm happy about the Quality!
Great addition to my kit
The product works perfect- Thank you
From the first time I used it, I knew it was a good idea. I will repeat it from now on.
Works as described. Would buy again
It’s a great, lightweight addition to my camera bag. I use it instead of carrying the heavy base for my star tracker!
Excellent for levelling the ball head after the tracker to make composition easy
I will give the MSM a full review in a month. I live in the northeast US and the weather has not been very conducive for dark sky photography. It so happens that I will be attending a dark sky workshop the end of June in Oregon. One of the instructors will be none other than Alyn Wallace so I hope to learn from the master.
I have the relatively heavy Nikon D850, and the MSM ballhead supports it with no problems. I have also had success with MSM iPhone bracket for S hemisphere alignment. The trick is to "set current position" in Photopils with the phone attached to your rig in the exact shooting position before using “Spot Stars”. I found this much better than trying to use the sun or moon to calibrate. Neither are available on a good Asrtro night anyway.
Exactly what I was after.
A solid X, Y, Z gear head that is solid, until you want to move the setting.
I didn't get to touch a geared head before buying, but I thought this would suit my style. It allows fine adjustment and no drifting or sagging even with large lenses. I was enjoying this, and then when I took it out to capture the lunar eclipse, I found it awesome to be completely zoomed in with a longer lens and be able precisely and continuously adjust to position my shots, all quickly. Loved it! Something you just can't do with a ball head.
The build quality is very good. That being said, it is kinda heavy and bulky. But is expected for what it is. Know that if you are using a tripod without a column, you will most likely need Benro's or someone elses tripod spacer(1 1/2-2"), to allow for full range of adjustment.
This isn't for everyone, or every situation, however is a great choice if it suits your needs.
My only slight gripe is the large adjustment knobs(quick release?) seem to require an excessive of amount of force to engage. This may very well ease with more use. I did eventually touch a Manfroto version that seemed much easier to engage. However it is much more expensive.
The MAK-90 is a great beginner's telescope for planetary viewing and astrophotography. It is light, compact, portable and easy to set up and use making it easy to take along with you on trips. The supplied Plossl eyepieces provide good and clear magnification making for enjoyable experience. All in all a great beginner's telescope at a very reasonable price.
Even though I have not had a chance to use the tracker, I must say that I'm very pleased by their service. My package got lost even though the carrier tracking platform said it was delivered. Hanna sent me a replacement unit without any hesitation, which is absolutely amazing!! Thanks again!
I'm so glad I purchased both of these items they are a great help to get the angle right for both of my Canon camera's, one I use with my move shot move and one I use to take manual shots, these are the best things invented. I can get a great angle with the camera without it counterbalancing to much weight on the move shoot move and that's great in keeping a steady camera taking lovely pictures of the night sky.
Paul Kelly, Southampton, England
I've only used it once so far but the results were amazing! Lightweight and very accurate, especially with wider-field shots. By far the most detail I've ever gotten out of the Milky Way with a setup that all fits in a backpack-sized camera bag. Definitely prefer its ease of use and portability over my bulkier EQ mounts. Polar re-alignment with the laser was also a breeze making it a trivial task to move the tripod if I wanted to change up my framing. I utilized a ball head mount for the tracker and the Z mount and a ball head mount for the camera which worked well to keep most of the weight centered over the tripod for my shots. I may eventually upgrade to the wedge for the tracker to make things a bit easier on polar alignment, but the ball head worked fine with a little finessing. Still have to see how far I can push focal length, but with the ease of alignment and steady tracking, I don't think it will be much of an issue.
The only issue I experienced was during the initial setup, as some of the mounting points weren't torqued down quite as tightly as needed and slowly began working their way loose. Make sure all attachment points are very well tightened because if they are not your camera weight may cause things to come loose and swing about. I had seen this mentioned a couple of times elsewhere, so I kept a close eye on it and caught it early before anything swung about. After torquing down all the bits and pieces a bit tighter, it worked flawlessly and there was no noticeable camera creep over the 4.5 hours of use. Looking forward to many more nights of imaging with this amazing product!
Me encanta este rastreador por su facilidad de uso y como a transformado mis fotos de via lactea.
The Right Angle Viewfinder for use with the polar scope is an essential tool when on location. It allows you to easily view your reticle in the scope, without having to kneel or squat to see into the scope. It offers a 2x zoom or the standard 1x zoom making it so easy to polar align. It's also packed with attachments to allow it to be used with your favorite cameras view finder. I wish the connector was aluminum instead of 3d printed material, but I understand the cost difference. This product should definitely be part of your kit.
Z/V mount for low angle & astro, designed with Alyn Wallace, UK
Fantástica compra, las veces que lo he usado el resultado ha sido increíble y muy fácil de usar
I heard about the MSM from a landscape/milky way photo instructor. I bought it and on my 2nd attempt I got an amazing shot. I booked a trip to Moab Utah and the Arches and used it several days in a row. SUPER easy to polar align which makes this very easy to use right out of the box. I am very pleased with my results for shooting night shots of the Milky Way.