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The most intuitive, compact and simple intervalometer + motion control for timelapse photography

Our Kickstarter campaign is over, visit mindarin.com to learn more about Astro or to place an order.


Astro adds pan & tilt movement to your camera, and it allows you to set up time lapse programs by defining the duration, the range of movement; which goes from 0 to 360°, and the interval in degrees or seconds in which you want the photos to be taken. The possibilities are endless!
We put a lot of thought into the design to make it very understandable and easy to use.
We put a lot of thought into the design to make it very understandable and easy to use.
Astro actually fits in your pocket! It's so small you can take it anywhere, and it's still powerful enough to work with professional equipment.
Astro actually fits in your pocket! It's so small you can take it anywhere, and it's still powerful enough to work with professional equipment.
We focused on the essentials to make a very simple design without compromising performance.
We focused on the essentials to make a very simple design without compromising performance.
Set it up on panorama mode, select the range and interval to take multiple shots to be assembled into a smooth panoramic picture.
Set it up on panorama mode, select the range and interval to take multiple shots to be assembled into a smooth panoramic picture.

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Smartphone App

We are currently developing a smartphone app for Astro to run more advanced programs. Features like ramping, continuous movement, presets and HDR will be possible through this App. You will be able to send the complete program to Astro so you don't have to keep your smartphone next to your camera.  Developing for iPhone and Android.

Compatibility

Astro is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, Minolta and basically any camera with a remote input. A cable will be included to plug Astro into your camera and allow communication.

Technical details

 Measurements:  3.15 x 1.18''

Weight: 0.55 lb / 250 g

Load: The motor can hold up to 11.02 lb / 5 Kg of equipment

Maximum Speed: 6° per second

Power source: 2 AA batteries

Rewards

We're almost ready to manufacture! If you back our project, you will be pre-ordering Astro and you will help us get started with production.

What the funds are for

We need to reach our funding goal in order to start making molds and to place a bulk order for the device components. Placing a bulk order will allow us to acquire components at a reduced price. We have already selected a manufacturing facility and once we reach our goal, we will be able to finance all the materials and set up costs to finally start getting Astro produced. We expect our first Astro to roll off the line by the end of the year.

The Plan

Astro will be manufactured in 3 different countries: PCB, electronics and mechanical components will be produced in China by two different manufacturers. Aluminum and plastic parts will be manufactured in Mexico where Carlos will monitor their production to ensure quality. Finally all the parts will be sent to Minnesota to be tested, assembled, packaged and shipped!  We are ready to start production as soon as we reach our goal.

We hope you'll join us on this exciting project. Thank you for your support!

FAQ

  • Yes it can! We are testing to determine weight limits, but it is definitely possible! We will post an update as soon as we have all the details

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  • Yes! you can use Astro for rotation even if its not connected to your camera.

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  • REWARD #1- $1.00 or more: Access to backer-exclusive updates and your name posted on our website as a contributor.

    REWARD # 2: $15.00 or more: Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, and one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists.

    REWARD # 3: $30.00: Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, and your spot on the second production run of Astro at the Kickstarter price! Your pledge will be an advanced payment for when you place the order in early 2013.

    REWARD # 4: $160.00 or more: (silver Astro) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. One camera cable. One smartphone cable. One Silver Astro. (LIMITED TO 100 ORDERS)

    REWARD # 5: $180.00 or more: (silver Astro) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. One camera cable. One smartphone cable. One Silver Astro.

    REWARD # 6: $200.00 or more: (black special edition Astro)Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. One camera cable. One smartphone cable. One booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. One Black Astro.

    REWARD #7: $350.00 or more: (two Astros) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. Two camera cables. Two smartphone cables. One booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. One Silver Astro. One Black Astro.

    REWARD # 8: $380.00 or more: (pan & tilt pack) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. Two camera cables. One smartphone cable. One booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. Two modified L brackets, Two Astros in your color choice (LIMITED TO 100 ORDERS)

    REWARD # 9: $400.00 or more: (pan & tilt pack) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, one short guide book for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. Two camera cables. One smartphone cable. One booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. Two modified L brackets, Two Astros in your color choice

    REWARD # 10: $850.00 or more: (retail pack) Access to backer-exclusive updates, your name posted on our website as a contributor, five short guide books for timelapse photography with tips, settings and checklists. Five camera cables. Five smartphone cables. One booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. One Black Astro. Four Silver Astros.

    ADD 5 DOLLARS to your pledge for one extra smartphone cable.

    ADD 10 DOLLARS to your pledge for one extra camera cable.

    ADD 30 DOLLARS to your pledge for one modified L bracket

    INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

    ADD 5 DOLLARS to your pledge for Reward number 2

    ADD 15 DOLLARS to your pledge for Rewards number 4 - 9

    ADD 30 DOLLARS to your pledge for Reward number 10

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  • Through a cable that will be plugged into the headphone jack. Once you transfer the data and are ready to start your timelapse program, you can unplug your smartphone and Astro will take care of the rest!

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  • When the campaign is over, we will send a survey to all the backers where you will be able to give us that information

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  • Just add 15 extra dollars to your pledge, ie. if you are ordering the Silver Astro, write in your pledge amount $195.00 (180 + 15), then select your reward and proceed to checkout.

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  • Just like the cable, we will send you a survey at the end of the campaign

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