astrophotography

MSM Travel Star Tracker & Motion Time-lapse Mount -MSM Rotator

No Star Trails & Noise?

Tired of the trails and Noise?

Want to exposure more than 60 seconds?

Emm.. Star Tracker is what you are looking for, with it, the star will be relatively still with your camera!

Then theoretically, you can do a long exposure at ease.

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Pocket Size

Pocket Size

Like all astrophotographers, we painfully know how laborious it is to move equipment around different locations in order to find the best perspective.

Small in size and weight – these were the essential starting-points of our design. These facilitate easy repositioning and recomposition.

At the same time, by incorporating a low center of gravity, the Rotator has a big stability advantage for shooting landscapes.

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Travel-Friendly

We built MSM Rotator around the photographer's work flow. How? We are photographers!

Make it more Travel-Friendly! New Button Version:

15% Smaller than the Knob one. 

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Support All Camera & Phones Easily

It's as simple as install ball head to your tripod, Just pointing the star pointer's beam to the Polaris, and then you are ready to shoot.

As a Star Tracker, it can support all cameras.

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US & THEM

Compared with 2 other traditional star trackers out there, and you'll see MSM just takes up a little portion space as them. 

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Work As Time-lapse Mount

It can ALSO be used as professional time-lapse Mount.

It workes in Shoot Move Shoot Manner under timelapse mode - Rotation of the Rotator occurs only after every shot, thus eliminating shake during photographic exposure and the consequent problem of image blurring.

Timelapse Mode supports: Canon, Nikon, Sony cameras.

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Self-Locking Gear

The Rotator employs an innovative worm gear system that locks into place after every movement, requiring no power to remain in place!

This results in:

- Avoidance of gear and motor shake that might otherwise affect image clarity during photo exposure.

- A super-extended battery life. Expect up to 3000 shots between charges.

Thus you can say good-bye to power banks, external batteries and power cables!

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Just One Cable for Time-lapse

This cable is used for the time-lapse purpose. For star tracker, this cable is not needed.

In Timelapse Mode:

Connecting the camera’s flash ‘hot shoe’ port with the Rotator, Then the Rotator will work as Slave of your camera.

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Travel Star Tracker & Motion Timelapse mount - MSM™ Rotator -Upgraded Button version - FREE SHIPPING TODAY




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$199.00

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What has updated in the new button version?

  • Replace the Knob by Button to solve the defectives caused by knob design.

  • Less space than the Knob.

  • Added 1/2 star tracking mode, then you can take the Milkyway in one shot.

  • Remove the less used panorama mode.

If you prefer the old Knob version, please click here to buy the Knob Version

How to Choose the Ideal Gear for Your Astro-Landscape Photography?

Regarding the star pointer:

  1. If you are a new player, we recommend choosing the star pointer as a start. It's easier to do the polar alignment for new players. (Star Pointer's output is <1mw, please check above label)

  2. If you mainly play with a wide-angle lens, then the star pointer is enough and the most convenient for you.

So,

  • If you are new and have a low budget, you can just buy the Basic kit B to start.

  • If you want one ready to shoot Astro kit, then you can buy the Pro kit B.

  • If you are experienced, I suppose you've understood how much you can benefit from the Rotator's portability and it's straight forward design.

Do I need to buy the Polar Scope?

  1. If you play with a long lens, then better add the Polar Scope to do a more accurate polar alignment.

  2. If you are from Australia, then you should buy the Polar Scope due to it is prohibited in Australia to buy the laser pointer.

  3. If you may travel to shoot in Australia or some locations that do not allow laser pointer, then better have one Polar Scope for them.

So, 

How to do the polar alignment?

  1. We have a tutorial in our user manual, also we have a tutorial for Southern Hemisphere

  2. We are online every day to help, just shoot our Email/Messenger anytime.

Does this Tracker support my Camera?

  1. As a star tracker, it can support all cameras.

  2. Timelapse, Panorama mode can only work with: Nikon, Canon, Sony.

Satisfaction Guarantee

30 days full refund guarantee.

If you received a defective one, don’t worry, we will resend you a new one instantly. Up until now, the defective rate is within 1%.

If you do not want to buy it anymore within 30 days, return to us, and you will get a full refund, in this case, you just need to pay the returning shipping fee, it may cost $20 from your country to us.

1 Year quality guarantee

If it happens to malfunction,  we will exchange a new one for you at our expense. 

The mechanism for Time-lapse:

It works by adjusting the angle of rotation, not the speed of rotation, with seven options: Star Tracking Mode; Time-lapse mode of 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.125 degrees per picture. Therefore, you control the camera's rotating based upon the angle selected, and the interval set on your timer (you need a separate timer/intervalometer, which is inexpensive). The longer the interval you set, the slower of the rotation. Once you are done taking a picture (which the rotator ‘knows’ through the hot-shoe cable), the rotator will turn the defined angle, which means that the camera is not turning while the picture is being taken.

Key Features:

Weightless (450g), Compact (1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9")

Thanks to its small weight and dimension, it presents your already heavy bag more space and weight.

One Cable Fits All Your Cameras

Do not need different cables for your cameras. Check Quick Setup

Ultra Long Battery Life

Supports to take 3000 shots. This meets most of the daily usage.

Passive Motorized Design

No confliction with your camera's built-in App, compatible with most cameras that has a hot shoe port. Check Why Passive Design

Innovative Worm Gear System

Our worm-gear self-lock mechanism presents two key benefits: Top-Level Move Shoot Move performance and Super Long Battery Life. Check Worm Gear SystemCheck Move Shoot Move

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 1.7" x 3.15" x 3.9" (4.3cm x 8cm x 9.9cm)

Weight: 1.01 lbs (450g)

Max Load: 3 Kg

Step Options: Star Tracking Mode (360° in 24hrs) | 0.05°/step, 0.075°/step, 0.1°/step, 0.125°/step 

Input: DC5.0V 1.0A Max

Battery Life: >= 24 hrs for star tracking / 3000 shots for time-lapse

Warranty: One Year

PACKING LIST

SiFo Rotator x1

Charging Cable x1

Hot-shoe Cable x1
1/4 to 3/8 Adapter x1

Veil Nebula with IDAS and BORG

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Followings are the cropped close-up versions in full resolution mode.

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All light frames were simply stacked. More experienced users should split into RGB individually and create AOO or Hubble Pallet or something else. I will learn that from now on.

I feel the image sharpness might be affected by seeing or the temperature change during the imaging session. Even my 75mm guide scope showed poor seeing.

I wish to use my lovely cooled 6D. But so far, there is no room for one more filter box at this moment. This is why I shot the above with A7. I need the special arrangement for that.

Ultimate Powerbox v2

Ultimate Powerbox v2 Pegasus

Ultimate Powerbox v2 (UPBv2 in short) is the successor of our renowned Ultimate Powerbox. You asked for more features, we kept our promise:


A USB3.1 Hub has been added -you can switch on/off each USB port –, more power outputs, more dew heaters, α new stepper controller that can drive any stepper motor in the astronomy market as well as an expansion ports for future devices that will communicate with the UPBv2 Controller!

Fully available from all of our dealers by end of June 2019
(Due to production delays device will be available very soon!)

If you are tired of carrying multiple power packs and dealing with a mess of power and data cables, our Ultimate Powerbox v2, a sophisticated power control unit, is the “Ultimate” solution. Our idea is an enclosure that makes a sufficient number of amperes available.

No cables disturb the movements of the mount and the instrument, only the main power cord and one USB data cord is attached to the Ultimate Powerbox from which branch off the other cables powering all devices.

Ultimate Powerbox v2 quick glance:

  • 4 x 12V Smart Outputs,

  • 3 x PWM duty cycle channels for your Dew Heaters or Flatpanel / Fans

  • a USB3.1 SuperSpeed, 5 Gbit/s Industrial Grade Powered Hub that includes 4 x USB3.1 and 2 x USB2 available ports (6 USB ports in total)

  • a Unipolar / Bipolar Stepper Motor Controller

  • a Variable / Regulated Output of 3Amps

  • a 12V / always ON Output

  • Environmental & Power readings

  • In a compact size with plenty of features!

We strongly believe that if you own a remote observatory or you do advanced imaging you are going to love this device.

DETAILS

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Solid Input Socket

A large and solid DC input socket ensures that power cable is always secured in place. Socket is selected to provide all the power you need without voltage drops

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DC power cable is included in the package

More than 20A of total power

Controller has been designed to support up to 20 Amps of total input current.

* Please notice that Ultimate Powerbox v2 is not a powerbank. It requires an external power source (battery or PSU) to receive its power.

4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment

Four powerful Smart Mosfet transistors provide “electric juice” to your precious equipment. Sophisticated short circuit and overload per port protections cut the power and report the incident into our software. Every Mosfet is capable to provide up to 7Amps of current.

Metal & good quality output sockets ensure that will provide all the juice you need and can secure in place your extension power cables

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Built in Power Sensors

A precise voltmeter and an ampmeter (can measure up to 30A) measure and display in real time your power input. If the input is more than 14.5V the power is instantly cut off to protect your equipment.

Individual Current Meter per 12V port and Dew Heaters

Every 12V output and every Dew Heater Channel has an internal and independent digital current meter. You can view each port power consumption in the software.

Stand Alone Software

Our modern standalone software has a neat dark skin! Control all Ultimate Powerbox v2 features from this software. Receive metrics, View and zoom into graphs, name your outputs, tune every setting of your Ultimate Powerbox v2 quickly and easily.

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Industrial 6 port powered USB3.1 SuperSpeed Hub

An industrial grade USB3.1 Hub controller ensures that this USB hub will work flawlessly from temperatures of -40°C to +80°C.

A neat feature is that each USB port can be switched ON/OFF individually by the software. A device was stuck and you had to replug the socket in the middle of a cold night? No problem! Just locate the port, click the ON /OFF switch in our software and you recycle the USB port . Simple as that!

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At the back of the UPBv2 you can locate:

  • 4 x USB 3.1 Super Speed ports

  • 2 x USB 2 High Speed ports

Each USB port provides up to 2.5Amps. All USB ports include an electronic short circuit and overload electronic protection.

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If you own an Intel M3/5 PC Stick which has a USB-C socket you will need a USB A -> USB-C “fast charging” cable that can provide 3Amps. Normal USB-C cables have an internal resistor which limits current to 2.2Amps and leads to PC Stick shutdown. 

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Embedded Stepper Motor Controller

A stepper motor controller will precisely move your focuser. The controller drives a Pegasus Motor or any other stepper motor in the market (Unipolar or Bipolar) e.g. Rigel, Robofocus, Moonlight Motor.

Make sure you have the correct cable for your motor. Every manufacturer uses its own pinout. Contact us if you have any question for the type of your motor.

Backlash compensation is already implemented in the firmware and can be enabled, tuned and disabled from the software. A fully ASCOM6 focuser driver is already available.

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Three channel duty cycle PWM outputs

Three Pulse width modulation (PWM) outlets are capable to provide power to your “thirsty” Dew Heaters / Flatpanels or Telescope Fans. Eliminate the moisture that is fuzzing your equipment and destroying your clear nights. These outlets can be remotely tuned from your laptop using the supplied software.

A Variable & Voltage Regulated Output

One regulated output that can provide up to 3Amps of current is available. You can tune the output from 3 Volt to 12Volt and save this setting in controller’s memory. Every time UPBv2 boots the port will be tuned to the stored voltage setting,

Always ON – 12V Output

One unregulated 12V output can provide up to 8Amps. So, In addition with the Smart 4 x 12V outputs you have one more to connect additional equipment. This 12V output port stays always ON!

Expansion Port (EXT)

An RJ12 expansion port is available for future devices. Expansion Port allows the connectivity of current and future Pegasus Astro Products. Plugged devices can be controlled from UPB software (ASCOM /INDI / Standalone)

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Auto Adjustment of PWM (Dew Outputs)

Firmware can auto adjust the PWM Outputs by consulting the environmental sensor Dew Point reading. Just click “Auto” and leave to Ultimate Powerbox v2 decide if it is time to switch on your dew heaters.

Notice: You can select which Dew Heater output is controller by the “Auto Dew” function.

ASCOM 6.4 fully supported

Ultimate powerbox fully supports ASCOM6. In combination with our main program which acts as a server you can use our latest ASCOM 6.4 supplied drivers to:

  • Control Stepper Motor (ASCOM Focuser)

  • Pass environmental settings to supported software (e.g Sequence Generator Pro / MaximDL ) (ASCOM ObservingConditions)

  • Switch ON or OFF all 12V outputs. (ASCOM Switches)

Above screenshot shows ASCOM Observing Conditions and Focus Driver in combination with Sequencer Generator Pro

INDI support (in progress)

Ultimate Powerbox v2 supports INDI. There are some functions that do not work yet but we’ll support them as soon as possible.
There are two different implementations that support Linux/OSX

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External brackets support Losmandy / Vixen Plate attachment

We provide an optional pair of brackets to grab the Ultimate Powerbox device onto a Losmandy 3” or Vixen plate. Both brackets can be screwed on the side of the controller and grab on your telescope.

Led Indications for power and failure states

Led can blink in patterns to warn you regarding important power issues (e.g over or under voltage). Moreover light can be turned off using the software. Our led is very dim but in case you don’t like it on you can switch it off via the software.

Power Cables are included in the package

Four (4) power cable of DC 2.1mm to 2.1mm male (1m) are included in the package. Cables are thick enough to support up to 6Amps of current.

External Environmental Sensor

External temperature & relative humidity sensor is included in the package. Know exactly the environment conditions in your location.  Temperature, humidity and dew point measurements are displayed in the software.

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Zoomable  and Exportable Graphs for Power and Environment values

Software logs all voltage, current, temperature and relative humidity readings. All these plots are zoomable and easily exportable in PNG image & CSV text format. Keep a full record of your night conditions.

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Timer to shutdown outputs

Choose the time and start timer to shutdown output ports when you schedule it.

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Memory persistence outputs on startup

You can easily define which output should turn ON during startup. The setting is stored in system’s EEPROM memory. A neat feature in case of a power failure.

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USB3.1 Connectivity

Controller is always connected to the USB Hub (7th internal USB port). No extra cable needed. Just connect the USB Hub to your laptop and you are ready to go.

Reverse Polarity Protection

Ultimate Powerbox has been design with a reverse voltage polarity protection. It will definitely save your night if you accidentally connect the main power supply in reverse polarity!

Watchdog

A hardware watchdog resets the device if for any reason there is no response from the controller for two seconds. A neat feature in the unlikely event of a controller freeze – when you have a remote observatory and you need to be certain that everything works as expected.

Upgradable Firmware

Device is firmware upgradable to support future features and bug fixes.

Warranty

Device and included sensor is covered by two years warranty

Compact Size and Lightweight

A blue anodised aluminium compact sized box enclose the controller board. Size is 12cm x 10cm x 3cm (4.72 inch x 4.06 inch x 1.2 inch). Weight is 400 grams (14.1 ounces).

New: NB1 nebula filter from IDAS

Luminescent emission nebulae, supernova remnants and planetary nebulae are all particularly beautiful objects pertaining to the night sky. This applies both to the simple process of visual observation, as well as to astrophotography. Nature illuminates such nebulae in specific spectral colours: the red light of hydrogen, the blue-green light of oxygen ions and also in the colours of sulphur and nitrogen ions.  Nebula filters enable these colours to pass through whilst blocking the diffused light of the natural luminance of the sky and of light pollution. The result is a marked increase in contrast.

With the Nebula Booster NB1the filter specialists IDAS are introducing a new, very high-performing filter of this type onto the market, and one that is not overly expensive! As the transmission curve shows, the filter has high transmission and is permeable for all relevant spectral lines, with a surprisingly narrow passband: A real nebula intensifier!

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The filter is ideal for photographing large nebula regions since it enables the typical colours of these objects to pass and blocks the disruptive skyglow. The filter quickly and completely cuts off near infrared up to 1100 nanometres. This is important since cameras are sensitive to this range, but telescopic lenses are optimised for the visible spectral range and are faulty in the infrared range.

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The Nebula Booster NB1 is available with two versions which cover both of the common filter thread sizes and can be screw-fitted to the housings of eyepieces or cameras.

BORG with Eagle 3

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I just setup PLL’s Eagle 3 with BORG 90FL F3.9ED and 50Ach guide scope. Fortunately I could figure out matching Eagle 3’s hole patterns with BORG 3200 plate.

ll look nice and great color matching, and everything is solid.

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Again, Eagle 3 is not just a compact Windows PC. I think the power distribution capability including dew-heater power controls should be more valuable and convenient. I have to ship them out to NEAF today. So I will write up more after coming back.

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A breathtaking eclipse

Picture credit: © S. Habbal, M. Druckmueller, J. Judson, A. Ding and the solar Sherpas

Picture credit: © S. Habbal, M. Druckmueller, J. Judson, A. Ding and the solar Sherpas

e were blown away by this stunning image, beautifully illuminating solar activity behind the moon. It was kindly supplied to us by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Adalbert Ding of the Institut für Technische Physik (ITP), and the Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Berlin.
Here’s what Adi said about this capture:-

The image is composed of 3 separate pictures:-
• The electron density (blueish, so called white light picture)
• The emission of Fe XIV (530.3nm: Fe 13+; green areas), depicting areas with temperatures around 1.8 MK
• The – NIR – emission of FeXI (789.2 nm: Fe 10+; red areas approx. 1 MK)

The reddish parts top and bottom of the moon are the magnetic north and south pole of the Sun, the field lines moving nearly linearly away from the Sun in these regions while the magnetic field lines connected to the Fe XIV seem to be mostly closed loops. The start of the solar wind can be easily seen moving away in different directions.

The image of Fe XIV had been taken with the ATIK 314, the image of  Fe XI with ATIK 414, both in connection with narrow band filters, the white light pictures with a CANON Mark III full frame.

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Current BORG Availability & 72FL

I summarize current BORG availability for new orders as follows. (This is not for the ones already ordered)

(Objective lenses)

  • 107FL : May

  • 90FL : June

  • 89ED : June

  • 55FL : June or later? (I need more carefully check)

  • And 72FL : Prototype stage

(Rear lenses)

  • 7108/7215/7214/7872 : in stock

  • 7880 : May

  • 7770(=ED reducer for 107FL)/7771(=ED reducer for 90FL) in stock

Sorry for the inconvenience to you. Still way behind the schedule, especially 55FL. But getting slightly better. Thanks for your continuous patience.

I was told 72FL was refined for best matching with 0.72x super reducer. I will try to take some shots before NEAF if allowed or after. This is 72mm fluorite at F4 with total 6 elements configuration.

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I will try to figure out best possible configuration as the double-duty scope for imaging as well as guiding.

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