Great and well made product! Simple and accurate! Couldn't ask for better customer service from you! Thanks!
Green laser pointer with hotshoe adapter: Bought this to assist with pointing DSLR/Telephoto lens combo at dso's (APS-C/150-600MM). It's easily visible in the sky and on the screen of dslr, where it can readily be centred. It saves a huge amount of time in lining up lens with target. It gets a bit dim if kept out in the cold too long (don't know if this is a battery or a laser thing) but this is easily solved by keeping it in pocket when not in active use. Only complaint Id have is that it's rechargeable but doesn't include option to buy recharger. This is an unusual battery and a charger wasn't easy to find. Otherwise it does exactly what it says on the tin!
I had trouble with the scope but the Polar Pointer makes this process so much easier.
Really neat tool to get polar alignment. So easy as long as you have as Z/V mount or a aligner thingy.
I love using the new scope and laser mount! It was nice to use the laser to use as a guide while I looked through the polar scope! Made alignment that much easier for me!
I struggled to find a battery charger for this item, and I would recommend that MSM make such items available on their website - assuming they can source them in the first instance? Kind of off-putting that you buy this and can't charge it!
Nevertheless, if you nip onto eBay you can buy a similar charger for a 'longer' battery (same voltage etc.) and having found a donor socket of 'correct' size from your socket set, use that to fill the gap. Works for me :)
MSM people solved the problem I had with the not working laser pointer. They sent me back a new one in a very efficient way. Thanks a lot! Now I can again have fun shooting to stars
The laser pointer makes polar alignment very easy and it's good enough for 1 minute plus wider angle shots like 24 mm or wider, longer focal lengths are possible but sometimes it's a roll of the dice. I like the fact that the laser can be easily calibrated. The biggest drawback to this system though is the mounting bracket. Mine came with a 3 diameter stepped bore which was obviously a way to be able to accommodate different sized accessories. Each diameter only had one threaded hole for securing the accessory, in this case the laser. This made things less than optimal for setup repeatability as the accessory cam be locked down at slightly different angles during each setup. Luckily I have access to the machinery and the knowledge to make my own mounting adapter(s). I made 2, one for the laser and another for the polar scope each with it's own precision single diameter bore and threaded holes for three accessory capture screws. The laser works fine but the mounting system leaves a bit to be desired. The system came with one battery for the laser and there was no option when I ordered mine to purchase the needed battery charger. That and and a spare battery had to be ordered from another vendor.
Pointer for Polar Alignment