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What has updated in the new button version?
- Replace the Knob with Button to solve the defectives caused by knob design.
- 15% smaller than the Knob.
- Added 1/2 star tracking mode, then you can take the Milkyway in one shot.
- Remove the less used panorama mode.
- Easier to install with the new screws with stopper
- An illuminator is added to the polar scope.
How to Choose the Ideal Gear for Your Astro-Landscape Photography?
Do I need the star pointer?
- If you are a new player, we recommend choosing the star pointer as a start. It's easier to do the polar alignment for new players.
- If you mainly play with a wide-angle lens, then the star pointer is enough and the most convenient for you.
- If you are new and have a low budget, you can buy the Basic kit B to start.
- If you want one ready to shoot Astro kit, then you can buy the Pro kit B.
- If you are experienced, I suppose you've understood how much you can benefit from the Rotator's portability and it's straight forward design.
Do I need to buy the Polar Scope?
- If you play with a long lens, then better add the Polar Scope to do a more accurate polar alignment.
- If you are from Australia, then you should buy the Polar Scope due to it is prohibited in Australia to buy the laser pointer.
- If you may travel to shoot in Australia or some locations that do not allow laser pointer, then better have one Polar Scope for them.
- If you live in Australia, then buy the Basic Kit A to start.
- If you just want one ready to go Astro kit for your DSLR, then buy the Pro-Kit A.
- The Complete kit is set up to support all the above scenes, ready to go and all locations.
Does this Tracker support my Camera?
- As a star tracker, it can support all cameras.
- As a timelapse mount, It works directly with Nikon, Canon, Sony camera through the hot-shoe port. For Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, just connect this intervalometer will be ok.
30-days full refund Warranty.
If you received a defective one, don’t worry, we will resend you a new one instantly. Up until now, the defective rate is within 1%.
If you do not want to buy it anymore within 30 days, return to us, and you will get a full refund, in this case, you just need to pay the returning shipping fee. It may cost $20 from your country to us.
1 Year Quality Warranty
If it happens to malfunction, we will exchange a new one for you all at our expense.
The mechanism behind Move Shoot Move star tracker:
- Earth is rotating.
- What happened?
- How to expose more than 60 seconds?
- What's Polar alignment?
- Is your Polar alignment difficult and complicated?
- If you already know where to find the Polaris, then just aim the laser at the Polaris, then polar alignment is done😉.
- If you don't know where to find the Polaris, then download one free app, 'Skysafari,' set it to VR mode. It will spot the Polaris when you move your phone around the sky.
- How to do a polar alignment in Southern Hemisphere?
- If the star is tracked, will the foreground be blurred?
- First, we set the tracker OFF to get the clear foreground(your composition).
- Then we wait for the ideal stars to show up in our composition, turn the track ON, shoot the tracked stars. Then combine these two pictures to get the final one.
"So simple to use
I purchased a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer awhile ago, and beside the weight, it was that complicated I just could not be bothered. Having received my MSM last week I went out with high hopes and it delivered. I did not purchase the polar scope or laser pointer, but used a couple of different apps on the phone and was able to take shots of more than 5 minutes with only small movement. Shots under 3 minutes were pin sharp.
Finally, the weight. So easy to just chuck it in the camera bag and take it anywhere. So glad I decided to purchase Move Shoot Move!!!"
- David Dalton, Forest Lake, AU
Below is Mr.Alyn's review from the UK, on star tracking.
Check Mr.Gunther's review, the godfather of timelapse.
The mechanism for time-lapse:
Up too 3000 shots in one charge.Passive (Slave) motorized in timelapse mode
The Rotator is just a slave to your camera (intervalometer). No confliction with your camera's built-in App, compatible with most cameras that has a hot shoe port.The innovative worm gear system
Our worm-gear self-lock mechanism presents two key benefits: Top-Level Move Shoot Move performance and Super Long Battery Life.
Size: 1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9" (4.3cm x 8cm x 9.9cm)
Weight: 1.01 lbs (450g)
Max load: 6.6Lbs (3Kg)
Step options: Star Tracking Mode (360° in 24hrs) | 0.05°/step, 0.075°/step, 0.1°/step, 0.125°/step
Input: DC5.0V 1.0A Max
Battery life: 5 hrs for star tracking / 3000 shots for time-lapse
Warranty: One Year
1/4 to 3/8 Adapter x1
Some short comments: The MSM is a light tracker and the precision is good enough for 60 sec images with a wide-angle lenses, at least up to 50mm and I'm not using longer lenses on this tracker. The polar alignment with the laser is easy peasy on the northern hemisphere. The load capacity of 3 kg is realistic which makes it the lightest '3kg tracker' on the market. The only downside I see is the build in battery with a runtime of only 5 hours which is not enough for very long night sessions. A simple e.g. micro USB plug for an external battery would have solved that issue. Recommended for people who a looking for a light tracker (e.g. hikers) with a moderate precision for wide-angle work.
Bad weather , no time and the second time it was good clear weather my camera fell off
The tripod :-(
While I have had limited opportunity to use the MSM I received for Christmas, I am very pleased with the star tracking results I have achieved thus far. I have checked out the time lapse function and expect to use it frequently for that purpose. Advice offered by postings from other users has been very helpful.
It's my first tracker so I don't have much experience. However, on my first night trying it I have been able to get a decent picture of the Orion Nebula. On my second night I have improved my skills and the picture I have been able to take is breathtaking. Using it with a sony a7iii and the 70-300 lens
I didn't like that there was no explanation on which direction to insert the battery. So I must have done it the wrong way - and the laser didn't work afterwards. So I had to ordner a new one.
Had several try outs and it all worked terrific. Easy alignment with the laser, perfect results with exposure 5 minutes and small to take with me. Really pleased!
I have used this great compact tracker for astrophotography more than panoramas. I get 3-4 min exposures easily with my 14mm Rokinon and 24mm Canon. The 50mm will work for 60-90 sec exposures. I’m planning on getting the illuminated polar scope in order to move up to 85mm. Highly recommend this.
Works amazingly well for such a small and lightweight device. Easy to use with great support. I even shoot deep space objects which you can see on my Instagram @MrRatDotCom
First of all, I have to say, I love the little tracker, and specially, the idea to align it with Polaris, using the green laser. This is fantastic, I liked it so much, I bought another green laser and mounted it to my IOptron EQ45 for pre-alignment. I use a pair of small cheap binoculars to align it a bit more accurate.
I am not too comfortable with the idea of mounting the MSM Tracker on a ball-head. Ideal would be to mount it on a geared head, but this would make the whole setup far to heavy. And, I do not like the screw mount. So, I mounters a area Swiss plate on the MSM Tracker , and mounted the tracker on a Z-head. In this way, I can make quick and easy adjustments, and the MSM Tracker is always perfectly levelled. And, this weights only a few 100 gram. Second, I mounted a small ball-head to the tracker to mount the camera. The head is small enough, that the tracker still fits in the pouch with the head mounted. The camera is equipped with an L-Plate , again, a easy and quick fix. The last problem I had now, was, how to accurately point the camera to the location in the sky, which I wanted to capture. For this, I mounted a Handphone holder on
the camera L Plate . I can now run a Nightsky Navigation App on the handphone, to point my camera exactly to the correct location. As this fits together with Arca Swiss Type mounts, it takes me less than the minute to set up the equipment, and it weights only 2.5 KG, and that includes my MSM Tracker, a Nikon Z6 with Voigtlander 40/1.4 lens, the Z Head , a Mobile Phone and all the Arca Swiss Connectors.
With this setup, I can reach several minutes of accurate tracking with perfect round stars. See pictures below for the setup.
A few this that might be considerate in the next version.
1) Include a fixed Arca Swiss Plate on the bottom
2) Move the bubble level to the top, the current position makes only sense for Panorama shots
3) Add some kind of counter-screw or fix on the moving plate, that holds the ba...
Received everything in time, now waiting for CS here in Vienna, Austria. Indoor training should be OK ;-)