NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers
NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers

NOMAD star tracker for Novice and Experienced Astrophotographers

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The origin of the NOMAD Tracker is based on user feedback and our desire to provide the easiest-to-use, most portable, inexpensive star tracker.  


Difference between NOMAD and MSM Rotator:

  1. Improved attachment points. The previous manufacturing tolerances were fine for Astro-landscape but deep-sky needs a firmer foundation.

    1. The MSM Rotator, due to its design, required specific weight positioning to keep the ball head secure; this has been completely eliminated.  

    2. The laser now screws into the tracker eliminating any chance of wobble.  

    3. The industry standard quick-release plate on the bottom is secured in 2 places preventing any twisting of the tracker on its mount.  

  2. Improved load capacity.  

    1. The hardware has been built to withstand twice the amount of torque as the MSM Rotator. 

    2. Where the MSM Rotator was only designed for wide-angle Astro-landscape, the NOMAD has been designed with wide-field deep-sky use in mind.  

    3. Availability of an optional counterweight system for more experienced users to go even deeper.

  3. Simplified operation.  By designing and building a device with a narrower focus we were able to make it better while keeping the size down.

    1. One 3-position switch; Northern hemisphere, Southern, or Off.  

    2. In order to improve on our goals of ease of use and portability, the non-tracker function of the MSM Rotator has been left off, greatly simplifying the operation of the new tracker.  

    3. The NOMAD is focused on one function, star tracking.   (NOMAD does not have timelapse mode) 

  4. Reduced size and weight.  A foremost feature of our trackers is portability. 

    1. Our users take our trackers with them even when backpacking to some of the most remote areas of the world. 

    2. We worked to make storing and transporting the tracker even easier so you'll always want to have it with you when traveling.

    3. The tracker is called NOMAD for a reason; it is designed to travel with you wherever you go.  

The Best Portable Star Tracking Solution for Everyone

For novices, we want it to be the best easy-to-use star tracker;

For experienced astrophotographers, we want it to be the most travel-friendly tracker.

 

But, if users want the old Timelapse functionality, then we may be able to provide pre-orders of the MSM rotator. We’re sorry, but we can not strengthen the star tracker ability and time-lapse ability at the same time. The hardware requirements for improving both of these functions are contradictory.

Specification:

Body Weight: 0.95-pound (430 g) with rechargeable Li-Poly battery

Max Payload: 7-pound (3.2kg)

Body Size: 3.5*2.6*2.16 inch  (89*67*55mm) 

Function: Northern Hemisphere Star Tracking, Southern Hemisphere Star Tracking

Material: Anodized Aluminum, CNC machined

Body base connection: V-style dovetail, Compatible with Arca-swiss

* Thank you to MrRat.com for their consultation throughout the design and production process, and for the naming recommendation.

*Please note that NOMAD only does not come with laser adapter or polar scope mount.

Customer Reviews

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Gary Poole (Big Rapids, US)
Nomad much improved over original rotator

The ball head attachment does not slip al all, I always had trouble with slippage on the original. The screw in laser pointer mount is a great improvement over the previous flimsy attachment bracket. I never used the pano rotator mode so not having it is no loss.

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Marino R.S. (Madrid, ES)
Mejorado el MSM Rotator

El nuevo MSM NOMAD es más compacto y ligero que el Rotator y muy sencillo de usar. Estará siempre en la mochila para las salidas nocturnas.

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Alan S (Keynsham, GB)
Orion nebulae

Another post since it appears only 1 picture can be uploaded!

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Alan S (Keynsham, GB)
Orion, Horsehead and Flame nebulas captured with MSM Nomad and 105mm lens

The Nomad tracker and wedge works very well. I managed to image nebulae in Orion with 180x15s subs with a 105mm telphoto on an APS C sensor and with a SV220 dual band filter. The tracker perfomed well with a stable drive, very minor trailing occured on 30s exposures. The attached image has been cropped to the main nebulae, but the original included part of Barnard's loop.

As noted by another reviewer the altitiude/declination pivet bolt on the wedge is fully threaded which introduces backlash and play during adjustment. I replaced mine with a cut dwon M6 bolt which has an unthreaded portion, as illustrated. This is a cap head screw but does not slip when the handle is tightened. This plain shaft gives better worm engagment and cuts down the backlash play considerably. MSM should consider this simple upgrade.

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Stephen Hildenbrandt (Beavercreek, US)
Ya'll know what happens when you buy some new astro tech....

It's pretty standard, at least in Ohio, you purchase some new piece of astronomy equipment and you are guaranteed six weeks of clouds .... and besides, it has been really (really) cold.

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Syed Saddam Hussain (Hyderabad, IN)
Portable and job done

My first priority is light weight to carry in my camera bag, and it is tracking star’s absolutely mind blowing thanks to Hanna for customer support

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JORGE CISCAR RUIZ (Murcia, ES)
A big improvement over MSM Rotator. Great lightweight star-tracker!

After testing it during a couple of months, I can definitely say it has improved the tracking of the MSM Rotator. Thanks to the new toothed rotating base system I could get perfect round stars with a 85mm lens (full frame) during 60", and also 15" with a 135mm.

¡Is smaller but more powerful than the previous one! You still can take astro-landscape shots with wide angle lenses but you also can get started in deep sky photography.

The only negative thing is about the laser pointer because it hits the ballhead or the camera when the gear is mounted on the star-tracker. So you must mount the gear after polar alignment very carefully in order to not to move the star-tracker when handling, because once mounted you'll not be able to confirm if it's still aligned.

Nonetheless, it's still the best option you can find in the market taking into consideration how portable and lightweight is.

You can watch my full review here (only in Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuPsLR9__v0

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Roger Boulanger (Santa Rosa, US)
The Wedge: Problem and possible solution

The MSM NOMAD is an excellent piece of equipment and it has established itself as a high quality tracker that everybody loves.
The Wedge however currently does not have a good reputation and after using one for a few outings, I found that the Elevation adjustment and locking mechanisms to be extremely aggravating to use due to the "sloppiness" of the mechanism.
After examining it closely I have discovered that there is considerable play in the bolt that acts as a hinge pin. The problem is that this pivot point should have been a close tolerance pin with only the end threaded far enough for the lever lock to screw on. Instead it's just a common hardware store fully threaded bolt.
I confirmed my hypothesis by wrapping a few layers of thin aluminum tape on the bolt and carefully inserting it back in its place so that there no longer is any play. I also laid one layer of tape along the inside of one of the forks to result in a slightly tighter fit. The Wedge now works properly and is very easy to use.
I urge MSM, in order to maintain their reputation as a quality manufacturer, to make a proper pin available to all the users of the Wedge.

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Óscar López López (Madrid, ES)
Very good tracker NOMAD.

All the components have a very good finish, it is easy to assemble and handle, if you have some knowledge about astro photography it is very easy to work with the Nomad. If there are no tutorials where you can quickly learn to work with it. At the moment the Impressions are very good.

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Jonny ('Ewa Beach, US)
Perfect Star Tracker

Haven’t really put the Nomad Star Tracker in full use yet since the Milkyway is currently not visible but it seems to be working perfectly. The size and weight is great for travel and backpacking. Bravo MSM!