I am very impressed with this inexpensive bit of kit.
I use a fairly heavy set of gear on it (Nikon D850 with a primes such as the nikon 20 mm and sigma 50 art), so I wondered whether it would really hold up. Outcome: It has no problem holding the gear and tracking stars with the D850 with the S 50 the latter is heavy). In fact it was my lightwight graphite tripod that was struggling, so I got my aluminium manfrotto
190 pro which worked very well.
The ball head that is sold as an optional acessory is also good and fits well. I should have bought 2, but then decided to use 1 ballhead frim my oen stock, that I already owned - bad idea, my existing unit has a screw that bumps into the turn table of the unit, so my tip to the reader is to buy 2 ballheads from MSM, as the one they provide fits well and works well.
In terms of alignment: The laser works an absolute treat. It is powerful and pinsharp - it felt as if I was ponting a laser at polaris in a planetarium, it retains its pinsharp point and literally takes seconds to align. I have not tried the scope for the southern hemisphere yet... (The current global health crisis got in the way of my trip).
Photos have stars looking pinsharp and allowed me use low iso settings, which is why I bought the unit in the first place.
I do think that future iterations of the unit would benefit from recessing its 2 control buttons to prevent them accidentally activating the device when packed into a full canvas type camera bag, but that is a very minor design reccomendation.
All and all: Great product.Well done MSM.
I'm new to astro photography and using Move shoot Move is a new learning curve. I have found that using the MSM and aligning in the southern hemisphere is a little difficult. The product is well made and service and backup very good.
Easy to set up, and the stars look instantly sharper even for those at 10seconds. I wonder why I never bought this product before. Its relatively small and portable and I would highly recommend this.
Really cool Tracker, nice and easy polar alignment (with laser), very portable, lightweight, very nice to use, you can also do good panoramas. If you got the polar scope instead of the laser its nice to have a geared head so its easier to polar align.....I love it....
Is a portable tracker, and for a polar alignment you just have to point north and find Polaris (No more than 2minites).
For a person that just started in astrophotography is an easy solution. The only think that I found tricky is the screws thats goes into the MsM and the ball head, you have to be very carful to not lose it, or it could get stuck in the MsM o Ball Head.
The one delicate thing is that in Ecuador (were I live) Polaris have almost 0 degrees of elevation, and I have to keep testing it.
Bought this in the sales and I haven't regretted it. The customer service was brilliant. There is only a couple of things I would change and that is 1. The battery runs out quickly when cold and 2. The red lights are tough to see in bright daylight.
one of the best products i bought for my photo equipment
The MSM works as advertised. The bad news is I discovered my camera is woefully inadequate to get the type of quality photos you see being posted. So I'll be looking to upgrade soon.
I have friends who have bought star trackers and have never used them to take a photo, because they were too complicated to set up! And these are intelligent people. The Move-Shoot-Move is the most compact and easy to set up star tracker I have ever used. From the time I placed it on my tripod to finished alignment was only about two minutes, and within a couple more minutes I was shooting tracked images of the stars. Now, I discover it can do time-lapse movements as well! That will be my next outing...
This is much more than an equatorial mount. An illuminated pointer and sighting device allows precise alignment to the North Star. It can also operate counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. It can generate timelapses.
Green light laser was broken. Replaced free of charge. Customer support was very responsive.
Just haven't had the time to test as yet.
Still short of second ball head and laser neam
I received the pointer and it works very well. It can handle up to 135mm lenses. Be sure the battery is set to the right direction in the pointer. The pointer is strong enough for a polar assignment (Polaris) at clear skies. Fully recommend for 135mm lenses on crop and below for some milky way shots as well. Attached some unedited footage taking with the canon 600da and 135mm f2 is USM on the msm tracker
I’ve had mostly cloudy weather since receiving my MSM tracker and polar alignment Star Pointer. When I finally had moonless and clear enough skien, to give a try, I found polar alignment quite easy through the little Star Pointer telescope and my constellation shots proved very satisfying after removing light pollution in post-processing. The sixty second exposures showed pin point stars with no tracking (I shot one constellation without tracking but at the same exposure just to see the difference and the obvious tracking). Definitely pleased, thank yau.
I purchased it primarily to take long exposure photos of stars, but I have been using it quite a lot for time lapse videos. The tracker is very well build, accessories provided in a kit are high quality. I'm very satisfied.
Great product at the price and laser polar alignment is brilliant. It is rated up to 135 mm, but I get a lot of mistracks at this focal length, hence not top rating.
I received the whole package just 4 days after my order without the need of paying any customs or fees. It is a really solid piece of kit and I love using it. If you like to have more details, please give me a follow on my instagram account the_starrygrapher_guy. I will post further details the next months and also some video stuff about the MSM Rotator. Please consider getting one of the great trackers!
It absolutely does what the guys promise to you. Battery life, accuracy and build quality is absolutely well. The usage is very easy especially for newbies and people that want weight weight and absolute easy use.
My main focus will be landscape astrophotography and having to hike to most off the best locations requires a light portable tracker. From my trials in the backyard, I think the MSM will be the perfect fit of function and portability.
Schnelle und reibungslose Abwicklung. Der Star Tracker ist mit dem Laser sehr leicht und schnell einzustellen und funktioniert einwandfrei. Ich kann den Star Tracker weiter empfehlen.
It does what it is supposed to do. Been cloudy for a month only got to use it once and was well pleased with it. Planning on using it a lot. Great product
Yes, the shipment was delivered correctly. I haven't tried the product yet. I need a video tutorial on how to work with it.
This little device arrived within days of ordering, a nice prompt service. The unit is well constructed and I had no difficulty in setting up my equipment. Whether you want to track the stars or take a time lapse series it does the job perfectly.
I bought this tracker in December and because I don't live in a dark sky area have just tested it in my backyard. I'm looking forward to some milky way and dark sky opportunities this spring. Once you understand how to mount your tripod and camera to the tracker it is quite simple to align with the north star using the laser pointer. I did numerous 2 and 3 minute exposures that were nice and sharp. It held the weight of my Canon 5D and 20 mm lens quite well. I've been happy with my purchase.