Ballhead was perfect basically 👌🏻
The MSM takes a little figuring out - partly because there are so many choices about how to use it and what gear, exactly, you'll want. Hint: the mounting between tripod and MSM unit is the key part for alignment. I strongly suggest using the Benro geared head, though it's pricey, instead of a ball or the wedge. This is especially true for deep sky stuff where a polar scope will be needed. Second choice would be the wedge, trickier than the Benro but still better than a ball. Ball mount is fine up top for the camera. The Z plate is very handy for improving the adjustable range of the camera itself, once this contraption is assembled. Tracking works perfectly, tack-sharp stars even in the corners with a 3 minute exposure or longer. Not sure about MSM for very heavy gear / long lenses. Will test that later this year.
MSM service was excellent, the items arrived promptly and in perfect condition, as advertised.
The ball head is great. Light and solid.
The Z brackets are good, but difficult to tighten all the screws, and I lack confidence that it's rigid in use. It could be that I need to learn to use it properly, it's early days.
I bought this Ballhead to use in conjunction with my startracker and Canon 6D as it seemed a solid well built Ball head that was also keenly priced compared to others out there. I was not disappointed as it easily took the weight of my camera with the adjustment knobs being perfect for fine tuning (they are solid and well designed too). The degree markings on the base are very useful for panoramic shooting where you can precisely obtain image overlap for stitching in post processing. This is a great product that I have used in the field and am very happy with it.
Easy to deal with, good products, respond to field evaluations, and an actual person actually replies to questions with specific answers
I really like the tracker, however I find that in a breeze the tracker will get off course and I get star trails. It seems that the wind can not be over 2 or 3 miles an hour. On a calm night there is no problem.
I have the relatively heavy Nikon D850, and the MSM ballhead supports it with no problems. I have also had success with MSM iPhone bracket for S hemisphere alignment. The trick is to "set current position" in Photopils with the phone attached to your rig in the exact shooting position before using “Spot Stars”. I found this much better than trying to use the sun or moon to calibrate. Neither are available on a good Asrtro night anyway.
Great product and good value!
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Had to wait a long time to be able to use the MSM, clear skies you know :) . But in the time I had to wait for the sky to clear I had time to practice and get to know the MSM. and you do need the practice. but when I first got in the feild with it, it worked like a charm. very easy to use, very easy to polar align with the laser. it's a bit off, but realign every 20 minutes or so and you'll be fine. downside of the laser is that it stops working when it's getting really cold. but other than that best purchase in years.