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:
Improved attachment points. The previous manufacturing tolerances were fine for astro-landscape but deep-sky needs a firmer foundation.
The MSM Rotator, due to its design, required specific weight positioning to keep the ball head secure; this has been completely eliminated.
The laser now screws into the tracker eliminating any chance of wobble.
The industry standard quick release plate on the bottom is secured in 2 places preventing any twisting of the tracker on its mount.
Improved load capacity.
The hardware has been built to withstand twice the amount of torque as the MSM Rotator.
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.
Availability of an optional counterweight system for more experienced users to go even deeper.
Simplified operation. By designing and building a device with a narrower focus we were able to make it better while keeping the size down.
One 3-position switch; Northern hemisphere, Southern, or Off.
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.
The NOMAD is focused on one function, star tracking.
Reduced size and weight. A foremost feature of our trackers is portability.
Our users take our trackers with them even when backpacking to some of the most remote areas of the world.
We worked to make storing and transporting the tracker even easier so you'll always want to have it with you when traveling.
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.
Preorder-expected shipping time
The estimated shipping of NOMAD is in the middle of March
BUT, if users want the old Timelapse functionality, then we may be able to provide pre-orders of the MSM rotator. We’re sorry, 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.
Body Weight: 0.95-pound (430 g) with rechargeable Li-Poly battery
Max Payload: 7-pound (3.2kg)
Body Size: 3.5*2.6*2.1 inch (89*67*53mm)
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.