There are two types of star tracker out there, one of which has counterweight (or sometimes called balance weight) attached on the other side of the tracker rotational axis, while the other doesn't. M...
Great product for Milky Way. I would buy again.
MSM is so convenient. Easy to use and to carry. So happy with my purchase. I also use z platform.
Nikon Z5 Samyang 14mm
sky: 4*180", f:2.8, ISO:2500
foreground: 1*420, f:2.8, ISO:800
This msm is awesome thank you
Pretty lightweight rotator to carry around while hiking. If you get it, you have to get the z platform - just makes your photo framing much easier.
I have had good results since the first photo. But it's not the case for other users as I read in MSM group in Facebook. I think the key is being conscious that it's a very portable tracker but also the less powerful one so you have to ensure everything is inside range of operation: wide focal, no torque because of long lenses or accessories, keep weight as low as possible, avoid strong wind, carefully align using the laser pointer, and do not exposure during excessive time (avoid accumulating tracking error).
After a few months of waiting for a good sky, I tried my MSM yesterday. I didn't expect miracles at that price. But I was damn surprised and definitely satisfied. Good work.
I am a 71yo man who has been bitten hard by the atrophotography bug in the past 2 years. Unfortunately I live in a Bortle 7 subburb. That menas if I want to do any sort of serious astrophotography, I have to be willing to travle. That is where the Move-Shoot-Move System comes in. I use a combination of my Canon Eos T7i and a 18-250 zoom lens , my Askar FMA180 lens or my Astrotech AT60ED, all of which works wondefully with my MSM tracker. I have the entire MSM system and use various components on various shoots. It all fits well in a Pelican 1510 carryon that I can fly with or toss in the back of the pickup to go to a dark sky spot nearer to my home. Set up is a breeze and the quality of the build is outstanding. It is hands down the best tracker for the money and size consideration.
The MSM rotator. worked a treat.. I can easily get good results with no star slip upto 120-240s.. Beyond that I think I would need to spend some quality time collimating the laser pointer, but to be honest.. as a point and shoot device and first outing, the results are great. Long with low ISO on Nikon Z6ii offered a creamy dark sky with little to no noise at >60s... Similar to results you get by stacking a bunch of 15 or so 8s exposures at ISO3200 for noise... What the tracker / rotator does though at those longer exposures is to really pull the colour out from the sky.... Air glow becomes very evident the longer you go.. which is nice if you want it.. not if you are looking beyond it. Interms of portability.. it slips in the kit bag with the same weight penalty of a lens, and has a small footprint... not an issue to carry on a hike to dark sky on the top of a mountain.... One purchase I have now made for my nest trip is a thumb wheel adjustment of the tripod plane... just to make the polar alignment spot on with the weight of the camera loaded on the tripod... there is a huge element of trial and error without the thumb wheel... but all in all... top marks for a great bit of kit... Oh, i have put a little bit of loctite on the rotator wheel to stop it coming loose.. it did on one occaision. Minor point but worth doing.
MSM is so convenient. Easy to use and to carry.
-Sky: F4, iso 320, 120s x 8 shot
-Foreground: F4, iso 500, 150s, one shot
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