To be honest, besides the Astro usage, we've never thought it could benefit the slider users those much until we received the below reviews!
For low angle and macro usage, we've never thought it too.
Thank you for all your brilliant find out. It encourages us a lot.
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.
Once I figured out a way to attach and secure the Z mount to my camera rig without all the tightening levers interfering with my ball head and camera, it works as advertised and supports the equipment and allows me to level my camera with ease. I would have preferred allen screws instead of the thumb tighteners however.
The mount locks are much better than what I used to have.
Nice feel. Solid!
Z mount is well designed and locks securely in place. Materials appear to be high quality and precisely machined. I would buy this again if needed.
I'm very pleased with the new 2 in 1 bracket. The "V" shape firmly locks in the laser and scope creating a solid, wiggle free foundation for alignment. This is a BIG improvement over the original design.
The Z and V brackets are well designed and can be tightened up well, but....I have a Pentax K-1 which is a heavy DSLR, paired with the Samyang 135mm it was too much for the brackets. I wanted to use the brackets for multi row astro panoramas with my Canon 60d (apsc) and Samyang 135mm but at that focal length (approx 200mm) I would need to move in 5 degree increments (tilt) and it is impossible to see 5 deg marks on the tiny guage. The panning guage is much larger and easier but the markings were not precise, the 0 degree and 180 degree arrows did not line up properly but it is still workable. All of that being said, I still think the products are great, just better suited for smaller camera/lens combos and the markings could be more precise.
It works perfectly with my giotto tripop. Supports my Nikon d700 with 70-300 mm lenses all mounted on move shoot move tracker
This simple but VERY effective Z mount unit sure makes life easy to adjust the “angles”.
Thanks for the initiative.
Having been stuck in the I can’t get my camera where I want it before the Z and V mounts are perfect. Thanks Alyn and MSM for developing these.
The V and Z platforms are very useful and compact. With that beig said, I have to say that de V platform is a bit weak to support the rotator and carmera. For traveling is fine, but if you want a more stable equipment, i would go for another device.