Move Shoot Move Star Tracker Review

By | 08/08/2022

Digital Photographic camera World Verdict

Lightweight and portable, easy to use and with authentic star-tracking, this footling rotator is ideal for those wanting more from their wide-bending Galaxy and star-field photography, though battery life is relatively short.


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    Like shooting fish in a barrel light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation-guided polar alignment

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    Accurate for 60 seconds+ long exposures

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    Lightweight but sturdy build

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    Also does movement timelapses


  • Some fiddly screws (to lose)

  • Wide-angle lenses work best

  • Catchy to set-up in daylight

Can you find Polaris, the Northward Star? If you can, a whole world of nightscape photography is open up to yous. Either way, a rotating star tracker
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like the updated Motion Shoot Move (MSM) is a fine upgrade for night photographers (and fourth dimension-lapsers).

The Earth rotates so stars are not stationary relative to united states of america. In fact, our planet rotates once every 23 hours 56 minutes and iv seconds. That ways that stars mistiness after a long exposure – with exposures of 25-thirty seconds or more when using a broad-bending lens. Nonetheless, Earth’s rotational axis goes almost through Polaris, so if you tin align a moving platform with it, you can then betrayal for much longer because your photographic camera is now moving in sync with the Globe’south rotation.

That’s handy because long exposure of two minutes or more than are necessary to capture enough lite, color and detail to properly reveal the Milky Way, also as faint celestial sights such every bit galaxies, nebulae and even gas clouds. Unfortunately, near star-trackers are big, clumsy and expensive. Which is why the MSM is so useful, with a basic kit costing just $258
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and being pocket-size plenty to fit in your camera handbag with ease. Every bit a bonus, information technology also works as a platform for motility timelapse photography during the day or night.

Move Shoot Motion 2-in-i Star Tracker – from $199

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Still, choose your bundle carefully and consider that you lot volition need an additional ball caput
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; some MSM bundle deals
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include a good value ball head that will prevent annoying set-up issues.


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This gadget is all near portability. Information technology weighs 466g, which is nothing compared to some of its rivals. However, this startracker lacks a few basics. For instance, there is nowhere to spiral your photographic camera onto. Aye, that’s right – information technology’s simply got a pigsty. In the box is a stud screw that you lot have to physically screw-in to the trackpad before y’all can adhere a photographic camera. Is that spiral going to survive a trip into the countryside at dark? Probably not. A bigger all-in-one built-in design would exist much, much better. That’due south saying nothing of the need to take a screwdriver with you lot into the bush.

Polar alignment

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Adjustment a star tracker is easy if you lot know how to find Polaris
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(the North Star), which Globe’s axis points at. While most star trackers brand you locate Polaris in the crosshairs of a small built-in polarscope, the MSM instead gives you a dark-green laser light torch. It’s clamped-on using a pocket-sized bracket that has tiny plastic screws. Though that’south a neat, lightweight (at 103g all-in) solution, the contraption is a piddling fiddly.

Adjustment the MSM using that green laser was fast and accurate. Nevertheless a word of caution; light-green lasers of this power are controlled considering of a perceived danger to pilots in passing aircraft.

At the fourth dimension of this review (during the COVID-19 lockdown) there were almost zero aircraft in the heaven, but that’due south not going to exist the example for very long. Then before you use the laser, check for aircraft – and don’t wave it effectually while you’re taking long exposure photos.


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The easiest way to prepare-up the MSM is to use 2 ball-heads, one either side of MSM, on a sturdy tripod. The instructions in the box are woeful; nowhere does it tell you desire kind of ball-head to use (our review sample arrived without the optional extra MSM ball-head), and as bad luck would take information technology our spare brawl head’south fixings interfered with the base of the MSM, then much and so that it was never going to work. One expensive purchase of a new tripod caput later, and more than mis-steps with using a 400mm lens (again, no advice was given in the box about the lens), and we had a wide-angle lens set to go.

Move Shoot Motion ii-in-one Star Tracker: functioning

In practice, the best way to set-up MSM is to prepare the tripod downwards and and so make sure information technology’s level. Align the rotator with Polaris, attach your 2nd ball head
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and photographic camera, and then touch-up the remainder by aligning again (it may have gone out of whack with the extra weight of the camera and lens).

However, with all that done, information technology’due south surprisingly authentic. Sadly we had to test information technology in a dorsum garden amongst a lot of low-cal pollution, due to the cornavirus lockdown. Simply for initial tests it was immediately articulate that shots using wide-angle (18mm) – using exposures of up to three minutes – resulted in really sharp stars. It gets less impressive every bit you magnify, of course, and over near 70mm things can go awry. But that’s OK; MSM is designed for Milky Way photography and star-fields, non remote galaxy close-ups (besides, it can’t have the weight of large zoom lenses).

Examination shot: using a wide-angle 18mm lens with exposures of up to three minutes resulted in really sharp stars.

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Every bit a bonus, it’due south got another mode for time-lapse; it can motility a camera at two dissimilar speeds every bit it snaps away, creating a move time-lapse that could be handy for landscape photographers in both daylight and for capturing dusk and the rise of the Galaxy, for case. Though we did observe that setting-up the MSM in daylight was challenging since the various modes are indicated using lights that are invisible in whatever ambient light.

One of the main problems we have with the MSM is its relatively short five-hour battery life. Since setting-up and taking multiple long exposure shots can take some fourth dimension, that could be an issue. Happily, its battery is refueled via USB-C, so all yous need to do is take a portable power bank
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with you into the field and you tin can recharge it relatively easily.

Move Shoot Move two-in-1 Star Tracker : verdict

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This rotator is all nearly a bailiwick known variously as nightscaping or landscape astrophotography, and not for pure astrophotography
per se. Unable to support telephoto zoom lenses, you’re not going to get crystal-clear ‘deep sky’ sights, but rather it’s for capturing more detailed night sky vistas. Substantially, it’south for increasing the wow gene in wide-bending Milky Manner photographs. Information technology’s a good value, innovative and nicely-sized addition to a kit-bag, merely MSM is non perfect. It’s portable, it’s easy to utilize and information technology’s accurate, just with a short battery life and a few too many fiddly items to lose, this piddling rotator does need a well organized user.

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Jamie Carter

Jamie has been writing virtually all aspects of technology for over xiv years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN,
South China Morning Post, and
BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and
BBC Heaven At Dark

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Shooting star Shower, lunar eclipses and band of burn eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a dandy bargain of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all mode of photography equipment.