MOVE SHOOT MOVE ROTATOR – how to set up, exposure math and photoshop blending

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walk through the basic set up of the rotator, mounting on the tripod, polar aligning. Some camera tricks and merging images in Photoshop.

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  1. HI I am just setting the Moove shoot rotator up my tripod is different than yours and i just cant work out how to set it on the tripod.i hope it is not a stupid question thank you

  2. Great video… a quick question… if u are taking multiple images w 4 min exposure for stacking … camera will be rotated somewhat anti clock wise on msm … so for subsequent exposures do u start by repositioning camera to the left again. ? OR do u need more than one shot ( any need for stacking w msm) ?

  3. For those who lives on southern hemisphere, we don´t have polaris. will it be too much dificult to align ?
    And I have a tripod that already has a ball head. I need to buy another ball head to use this ?

  4. Thanks for the video. One issue that I just can't seem to understand is, once the unit is aligned and the camera is attached, do you turn the rotator on and just leave it on and it is running while I adjust the camera and compose the shot? How about if I want to take a different composition from the same spot. Turn the unit off or let it continue to run and re-compose? Thanks for any advice.

  5. I've tried several times to buy you a coffee. I get sent to Paypal, but there is no way to buy you a coffee. Am I missing something? Or is there a problem with how to do this?

  6. Well, I purchased a kit from MSM. It's been a few weeks now and I cannot get MSM to respond to me. My question is this. My laser is no good. Was shipped defective. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement? Does not have to be from them. Is there a replacement that will fit into their bracket? I really want to get out and shoot but this is definitely holding me back. Thanks!

  7. Hey ! Thanks for posting this tutorial, I just stopped watching as I'm getting confused when you say "stop of light", what do you mean ? I just don't get it and it's notmy first language sorry

  8. I'm using a Fuji X- T2 with a 55-200 zoom, and getting very noticeable star trails using the MSM. Any idea why? The camera, lens and ball head may be close to the weight limit, not sure. Thank you!

  9. Hello,
    Have you experienced limits in the diameter of the objective ? Have you tried deep sky shot with a 900 mm objective ?
    I read that the limit is set at the weight of the objective. Better not to overweight the stuff to meet success.
    What is your experience in that matter ?

  10. Hi could you please answer me one question it bothers me all the time so when you polar alight the set up are you still ok to move your camera and compose the shoot ? It’s I know you need to correct your polar alignment after slightly but can you still frame your shoot or camera can’t be moved in every tutorial no matter what tracker is used no one mention this please answer if you can

  11. As usual on YT you don't show the difficult part: aiming the camera at object that are within 45 degrees of the Pole Star once the tracker has been polar aligned. The camera can only be moved less than 90 degrees away from the ball head central starting from the central position. But when the camera is in this central position it's actually pointing downwards i.e. approx 45 degrees below the horizon (assuming the elevation of Polaris is 45 degrees). So you can't point the camera at stars that are as high as Polaris, excluding much of the sky. Or am I missing something?

  12. Are there any changes in using the rotator with Omd em1 m3? Mainly the setting up with the cables to camera/rotator and
    Intervalometer? Thank you for your videos….

  13. Hello, I am new to astrophotography. This is a great tutorial. I have a Leica CL(APSC Crop Sensor camera), I cannot set a shutter speed beyond 30 sec.
    I have two lenses
    1. 18 mm(28 mm eqv) at f/2.8 and
    2. 35 mm(52 mm eqv) at f/1.4 .
    Please let me know if it is worth getting a star tracker. Can I stack multiple frames at 30 sec exposure with the star tracker to get a decent noiseless image?


  14. Hey thank you so much for the video, got one of these coming in the mail. Just for clarity, after you have the tracker polar aligned, with the ball head mount for the camera – can you point that into any part of the sky and get tracked skies?

  15. Wow… Very nice and much informative Video. Just a query, is there any change in setting to be done on the Tracker/Rotator based upon the exposure time which we decide to take for star trail? Thanks in advance.

  16. Just the right video I was looking for. Thanks. Couple of questions: 1) Does it matter where you attach the pointer? Should it be as close to the center as possible or something like that? Also, Why do you need to level your tripod, if you're going to be tilting the MSM up and down and laterally to get it aligned? Thanks again!

  17. “Exposure is always the same at night”

    Not only is this nonsense, it’s one of the most absurdly ridiculous assertions imaginable, especially for someone pretending to teach night photography.

  18. Great review and instructions! Thank you! Did you also try longer lenses on the tracker like the EF 70-200-2.8 or even newer lenses like the RF 100-500? would be interesting I guess!

  19. I've been trying to learn proper masking for years. All the other videos I found either skipped the important parts or were too complicated to follow. I can't thank you enough!

  20. great instructions, i like a video to help me with the proper installation. and loads of important info. thanks a bunch and i’ll subscribe ✨✨✨✨✨

  21. Where do you think the point of diminishing returns is with long exposures? Where the benefits of the longer exposure are overcome with long exposure noise (hot pixels etc)? Shooting on a Z6 I see the dual gain sensor data says iso 800 is the sweet spot, any advantages to trying to get to ISO 100?

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