I decided I needed another ball head for a light weight tripod I have but didn’t want to spend a bunch of money. This little head is great and in fact I like it better than my expensive Benro!
The MSM is a great little tracker with loads of features. If you are a backpacker, this is mount for you. It will fit in a pack taking little space and contributes little weight. 30-60 second exposures are a breeze. Highly recommended.
I’ve now used my MSM Star Tracker Pro for a few times and love it for it’s portability and precision. Even using the star pointer laser versus the polar scope is spot on. I have the iOptron model too and prefer the MSM system because of it’s minimal size, laser pointer alignment, and tripod adaptability. A Hui Hou! -Jonny
I always wanted to take sky and deep space photos, but all the equipment I could find on the market were too bulky, too heavy and too expensive. I really wanted to capture the Milky way, but it remained just a dream. That was until I discovered MSM by chance. Very compact, easy to use, it really delivers. But I would like to insist on one thing. When I bought the kit, I did not expect to all join a strong community that regularly share ideas and help each other. Not to mention the service from MSM. Really good customer service. All in all, a superb experience highly recommended.
It is a small and versatile unit, very package friendly. It feels sturdy and well built. Easy to align with the laser pointer and the polar scope. For some better results and fine adjustments I`ll order the wedge. I`m very glad about my choice over the other rotators.
I tried the facility about two weeks ago. One of the friends asked to check how the device works. Within minutes we started filming. We did an experiment, took 6 pictures, each picture 5 minutes exposure, and the picture was the same in all the pictures. I did not believe it would be so simple.
Does what it says, without the bells and whistles. Compact and sturdy, easy to use. Highly recommended.
Good product. Essential for placing the ball joint on the startracker.
Excellent product, great customer service, prompt responses from customer service. All round excellent customer experience.
Articles as described, very high quality.
All the best
I'm really pleased I discovered the MSM star-tracker, it was just by chance.
I was planning to buy a different product but double the price, double the size/weight. I'm really pleased with MSM.
I managed to get a great set of milky way pictures at the first test session.
Now I can't wait to get clear sky again...
I am overall happy with this. It is neat, compact enough and the latitude markers are definitely helpful. However, a couple of points no note..
1) I am always afraid of it gradually sloping down
2) Lack of fine tuning the inclination
Having said that I am in love with it and will definitely recommend to friends
A good product, amping it will also work by very cold temperatures that we know here in the Kirghiz winter
I waited a long time to purchase a star tracker that I could afford because most were so expensive and difficult to setup. Then I saw this ad for a Move Shoot Move advertisement. I thought "what is a Move Shoot Move?" So I opened it up and read about this little black box not much larger than an external hard drive. I began thinking that this is something I have been waiting for. So I purchased it. It was simple as the ad had said it was to setup. It only took me a few seconds to lock on Polaris with the laser site that came with it. I have never had such sharp exposures of stars even using 30 sec. exposures. I love the time lapse rotator. Once I shoot the time lapse using Move Shoot Move then run it through time lapse software it the panning comes out so smooth. Needless to say my rating would be a 10 if possible!
I received my MSM rotator several weeks ago. It has revolutionized my night sky photography. I live in the city of Jerusalem, which has much light pollution and haze. We are now at the beginning of our rainy season, so the air is heavy with moisture. MSM helps me to cut through all that and still capture decent pictures of visible planets. And I am just beginning to get into photographing deep sky objects. A couple weeks ago when the sky was orange, I pointed my MSM-mounted camera in the direction of the Pleiades with a wide angle lens, and even though I could not see any stars for orientation, I captured the famed cluster in my frame, and I was able with the help of Photoshop to get rid of the pollution and show the glowing blue star cluster against a clean black sky, with a fair number of other stars visible. I look forward to getting out to darker and cleaner skies to really see what the MSM can do for me. I love the light weight and small size. Fits easily into my camera bag so it is with me when I need it. The attached pictures were taken in horrible light-polluted and misty sky conditions.
This tracker is so small and light that I keep it in my camera bag all the time. It works great for my Fuji X-T3 and the laser pointer make polar alignment quick and painless. Definitely recommended this tracker if your not running a heavy camera and lens combination.
Until now, there weren’t any practical, economical solutions for replacing the ballhead as the base for your MSM. Now there is, and if you are buying or already own a MSM rotator, this is required equipment!
I have been using the Rotator with laser for wide field astro for the past 10 months and it's become my favorite tracker. I have a large iOptron tracker as well. But the Rotator is much faster to set up and use. Recently I wondered about adding the polar scope since I use a polar aligned iOptron for deep space objects with good success. I jury rigged the iOptron polar scope to the MSM Rotator and was able to get some good deep space exposures of Andromeda with 270mm f/2.8 and with a 1.4x teleconverter at f/4 with 60 second exposures, no problem, so I'm ordering the polarscope from MSM as I write this. I highly recommend the product. I've been using tracking mount for five years but this is by far the most enjoyable mount I've ever used.
My old Ball Head kept drifting when I set up for the shot. I would have to adjust 3 or more times to get my composition right. Set up once & shoot with this new
Hi, I am really happy that I bought the 2 in 1 Star Tracker. It is small and easy to transport for many occasions, even to places in the mountains rather difficult to reach. It is easy to set up and use, but despite of size and weight very powerful and does a great job for my photography.
The Wedge is a must! It simplifies polar alignment, and makes it more accurate!
It has helped me get 2 minute exposures with a 135mm lens, and all exposures had pin sharp stars
I love this tracker! It is easy to setup and use and works great! I would suggest you get the wedge tripod head it makes alignment so much easier. Also have f you are going to do deep space photography with a longer lens get the polar scope it dials in the alignment much better!
Indeed now it's not Milkey Way season, I tested the device.
It was very easy to put everything together, to find Polaris.
I took 15 pictures, 2 minutes each one, And it was sharp, the same frame.
A friend of mine decided to order such a device following the successful experiment.
I finally can get great results with the MSM. After a brief learning curve and with the laser pointer, I have stars that are round!