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.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
This is a clever and well executed product converting star trackers into miniature equatorial platforms like they are used for tracking of large Dobsonian telescopes (aka Poncet platforms).
The only modification I made to the V-platform was to add a thin metal washer to the axis connecting both plates to avoid marring of the aluminum of the base plate.
The V-platform is screwed to the disk of my Vixen Polarie which is then clamped on the dovetail ring of the Polarie tracker. After clamping there is no way to use the polar scope but to remove the disk with the V-platform from the Polarie entirely.
One modification of the V-platform I could think of is to replace the rotating mechanism in the base plate of the V-platform by a mechanism which can be clamped directly to the dovetail ring of the Polarie. If this mechanism is wide enough so that the polar scope can be fully inserted into the Polarie, this would offer the decisive advantage that checking polar alignment during a photo session simply requires to fold up the V-platform to about 90 degrees and to insert the polar scope. This way there would be no need to remove the V-platform plus disk from the Polarie for polar alignment.
If this clamping mechanism is executed as a separate ring fixed in the base plate of the V-platform it may be possible to use one type of base plate and different rings for different types of star trackers with on-axis polar scopes.
I have found this product as advertises and then some, It lives on my travel tripod all the time, I recently used it with a light table and tripod to scan old 4x5 transparency's with my Canon 6D mark ll. Worked great.
HAVE HAD PREVIOUS Z MOUNTS BUT SENT ALL BACK BECAUSE OF LOAD FAILURE.. JUST COUDN'T HOLD THE WEIGHT OF MIRRORLESS CAMERA.. MSM MOUNT TIGHTENS WELL AND HOLDS.. NICE DESIGN..
The Star Tracker is amazing and very easy to use with my Sony Camera
I like the portability of the MSM rotator which is a great match for my mirrorless cameras. I managed to get a 3 minute exposure on my first outing with it using a wide angle lens and the laser guide. The manual is very basic and I would recommend reviewing the ambassadors’ You Tube videos by Glen Tillyard, Alex McGregor and Peter Zelinka before you use it as there are different ways of setting it up. The Z mount platform is well made and a useful addition to the MSM kit to either replace or supplement my hall head when needed.
Z/V Tripod & Star Tracker Mount is convenietly for aim at Polarls!
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Makes alignment super easy!
as soon i received the tripod mount all i can think is milky way panorama ill let the image speak for it self.