Have not had a chance to try this outside yet but doing a trial setup was straight forward. It just screws in on the underside of the MSM. Put the phone in and PhotoPills works perfectly to align. It should allow tracking when polaris is not visible. Even if it was, I’m interested to see if it’s accurate enough to allow more fine alignment with the polar scope instead of using the laser for rough alignment (use can be very limited by local regulations). So far it’s exactly what’s advertised.
I was looking for a way to track the sun during the up coming total eclipse in May. Hard to do polar alignment in the day and I really want to track the sun and have my camera set up to shoot every minute or so. This is going to leave me free to run a second camera for foreground and other shots. Tested this with my NOMADe and it was easy. I have also been out at night with trees blocking my northern view, SOLUTION!!! I will still use scope when possible, but it's great to have a backup. Keep the cool gear coming MSM!
Being in the southern hemisphere, using the phone mount is critical for polar alignment. Once I got my Nomade, I needed to find a solution for a phone mount and it wasn’t available at the time. MSM eventually made one, nice and compact and works very well.
This phone mount fits to the MSM Nomad quite nicely. However, the Arca Swiss, mounting clamp really only fits the MSM phone holder and nothing else. The screw holder bump inhibits anything else from being placed here. Also, I need to say that the screw itself was absent in the delivery
Haven’t used it yet but I will be going to the Southern Hemisphere pretty soon and look forward to trying it
I would love to review it but I have yet to use it. I will be going to Alaska soon, so when I return.
With this alignment it is far easier to find the polar star on the night sky, and in case the use of a laser is questionable, that's the way to go for polar alignment
This is a nice rigid phone mount. I have used it with my MSM rotator with great success. One downside was trying to find fasteners which would allow me to attach it to the rotator. What I found was acceptable but not good. MSM should either add them to the mount [which I would have paid extra for] or offer them as an optional addon.
I thought I'd just add my technique for aligning as some people have problems getting the phone lined up with the MSM. First I mount the MSM on a tripod and make sure it is level (I use the side mount method and a leveller to make this easy). Then using a bubble level app I get the phone perpendicular to the MSM on the bracket. I then use the Daytime/No Polarscope Align function in PS Align Pro to align the MSM with the Pole star (Sth or Nth as appropriate). A great piece of kit!
Comocia el tracker MSM porque se lo había visto autilizar a un amigo que me lo recomendó. Realmente es el tracker que necesitaba cómodo y ligero para transportar y muy preciso. Lo he utilizado con opticas de hasta 85 mm y me ha sorprendido positivamente. Funciona juy bien.