Move Shoot Move, the pocket astro tracker.
Finally a lightweight, compact, inexpensive and very easy to use astro tracker! Let’s discover the advantages and disadvantages of Move Shoot Move together.
But… what is an astro tracker?
Let’s go in order, we all know that the Earth rotates. Our wonderful planet takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds to make a complete rotation on itself. This means that, during this rotation, what we observe in the sky “seems” to move.
Like the sun and moon, the stars also move during this rotating cycle. This means that during a long exposure with our camera, we would get moved stars, or rather, we would capture their “apparent motion” as a result of the Earth’s rotation.
Usually, it only takes a few seconds of exposure before the camera “notices” the Earth’s rotation, especially if you use focal lengths of 20mm and up. As a result, we would be forced to make exposures no longer than 20-30 seconds to keep the stars sufficiently point-like in our shots.
How it looks like
Move Shoot Move 2-in-1 Star Tracker arrives home in an “armored” box. Once opened the package used for shipping, we’ll find inside the package containing the product. Of course, depending on the bundle chosen, the package and its contents may vary.
I have tried most of the best known astro trackers on the market, I can say with certainty that Move Shoot Move is a fantastic option! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start taking better astronomical photos without worrying about weight and bulk!
If you have never used an astro tracker, know that it really helps a lot. The main problem we face at night is simply the lack of light. Exposures of 15-30 seconds will never capture enough light for a clean, detailed photo. That’s why so many astronomical images are grainy and ugly. With a tracker like Move Shoot Move, however, you can easily capture exposures over 4 minutes with a wide angle lens. If you think about it, a 4-minute exposure captures 16 times more light than a 15-second exposure! This extra light is what allows me to capture the extraordinary colors and details in my astronomical photos.
Move Shoot Move is by far the smallest, lightest, most portable astro tracker on the market. The famous Star Adventure Mini is even more cumbersome and think, and what’s more, it has to be connected to an app (via smartphone) to work, because it has no physical buttons. Therefore, personally I don’t like to use Star Adventurer Mini (I exclude the standard version).
Of course, like all things, Move Shoot Move also has some small disadvantages that I want to report. First of all the battery, according to the website, lasts only for 5 hours. This time is relatively short for an astro tracker. For example, my SkyGuider Pro can shoot without problems for 20 hours with its rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Normally I spend more than 5 months a year traveling across the country and I don’t always have an electrical outlet at hand. One of the main annoyances of this lifestyle is the batteries! Every day I worry about charging the batteries of my Reflex, smartphone, notebook, the same power bank that I carry with me, etc … Therefore, I’m not thrilled to have another battery to worry about, especially if I know it will last only 5 hours (probably much less on a cold winter night).
Another factor to take into account is the load capacity. Although it has managed to achieve very good results despite its size, this astro tracker is not suitable for those who want to delve into pure astrophotography (deep sky) using oversized (and heavy) focal lengths. Unless you want to photograph nebulae or galaxies from 200mm and up, Move Shoot Move will give a lot of satisfaction in making night landscapes using wide angles.