Max load: 4kg
Z Platform, 220 gram
V Platform, 175 gram
Material: Aluminum Alloy
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:
Check what our users say:
- 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.
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.
- Wrapped the rotating disc to prevent dust entering.
- Changed screw to handle.
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
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 ball head 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.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
I purchased the Z mount bracket and found this to be not only very useful in conjunction with the MSM tracker but I found I use it more often mounted on a ballhead taking multirow panos. Sure can just tilt your camera up or down using the ballhead but this makes things just so much more accurate.
I have a Z bracket and it's absolutely brilliant. Absolutely rock solid and cleverly designed by Alyn Wallace. I have been using it all the time since I got it and very satisfied.
Recently received I am very pleased with the Z bracket. The lock screws work really work well and hold a heavy camera and lens without creeping. Just so useful. Thanks MSM and Alyn for the design.
The MSM has performed perfectly for me on numerous occasions; both for Milky Way photos and Deep Sky images. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to take their Astrophotography to the next level. It's worked for me.
For the price this cannot be beaten, easy to transport, easy to use, would recommend.
I elected to go for the V tripod and Star Tracker mount for simplicity. It is very well made and perfect for my set up. Locks tight and does not move once locked in. Highly recommended.
A great addition to my night sky photography kit. It is small and light so is easily carried in a back pack. Being in Australia the laser is not available. Using the phone mount and alignment with an astrophotography app works well for wide angle shots.
This is a clever and well executed product converting star trackers into miniature equatorial platforms like they are used for tracking of large Dobsonian telescopes (aka Poncet platforms).
The only modification I made to the V-platform was to add a thin metal washer to the axis connecting both plates to avoid marring of the aluminum of the base plate.
The V-platform is screwed to the disk of my Vixen Polarie which is then clamped on the dovetail ring of the Polarie tracker. After clamping there is no way to use the polar scope but to remove the disk with the V-platform from the Polarie entirely.
One modification of the V-platform I could think of is to replace the rotating mechanism in the base plate of the V-platform by a mechanism which can be clamped directly to the dovetail ring of the Polarie. If this mechanism is wide enough so that the polar scope can be fully inserted into the Polarie, this would offer the decisive advantage that checking polar alignment during a photo session simply requires to fold up the V-platform to about 90 degrees and to insert the polar scope. This way there would be no need to remove the V-platform plus disk from the Polarie for polar alignment.
If this clamping mechanism is executed as a separate ring fixed in the base plate of the V-platform it may be possible to use one type of base plate and different rings for different types of star trackers with on-axis polar scopes.
I have found this product as advertises and then some, It lives on my travel tripod all the time, I recently used it with a light table and tripod to scan old 4x5 transparency's with my Canon 6D mark ll. Worked great.