Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page
Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page

Z & V Platform designed with Alyn Wallace! - Ambassador Review Page

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Hi Friends,


For months we have been refining a new product designed together with professional landscape astrophotographer, Alyn Wallace (website). Now, we're ready for pre-order.

Below is a quick review of the journey, we hope you enjoy:

On the 14th June 2020, MSM ambassador Alyn Wallace told us that he has an idea for a new star tracker platform to solve the following problems:

The Problem:

- When at latitudes close to the equator it becomes very difficult to use the ball head on top of a star tracker.

-It’s also difficult to do panoramas, regardless of latitude.

The Solution

Adding a “Star Tracker Platform” so that the ball head becomes level. The angle can be adjusted and locked into place and the platform can also be rotated. The platform is a perfect match for the Move Shoot Move rotator but also works with any star tracker..

Later, we researched all the possible alternative solutions, practicing and using, finally came to the first version as below:

1st Version, mainly verifying the mechanism to lock the angled platform and also the rotating base.

 

2nd Version, Enlarged the center rotation section.

3rd version,

- Wrapped the rotating disc to prevent dust entering.

- Changed screw to handle.

4th Version,

Added more space for the bottom handle, so we can operate with gloves.

And Finally, the final 5th Version, with some minor improvements to launch the production.

Below is the performance of the MSM Platform

Below is the performance of OTHERS 

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Work as a tripod head

 Alyn Wallace Z platform

 

V or Z? Which Should You Buy? 
The V and Z platforms both solve the problem of having your ballhead at an awkward angle when on a star tracker. So what's the difference? 

The V platform is for those who want to save weight. If you're already using a heavy setup you may not have much room to add weight on top of the MSM which has a payload of 3kg.

The Z platform has the added benefit of being able to be used to replace the ballhead on a tripod when not using a star tracker at all. You can also use the Z platform as a table-top tripod. So it's an exchange of versatility for a little added weight.

For the shipping date, 

According to our plan, the first lot will be finished on Dec.10. 2020

Specification:

Max load: 4kg
Item weight:

Z Platform, 220 gram

V Platform, 175 gram

Material:  Aluminum Alloy


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