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The most intuitive, compact and simple intervalometer + motion control for timelapse photography
The most intuitive, compact and simple intervalometer + motion control for timelapse photography
1,946 backers pledged $412,998 to help bring this project to life.

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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

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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!

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    Thank you! You will get access to backer-exclusive updates and your name will be posted on our website as a contributor

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    We will send you a short guide book with everything we learned about time lapse photography while creating this project. It includes tips, settings and checklists for you to avoid all the mistakes we made! Free Shipping to USA. (Add $5 for International Shipping)

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    Reserve 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

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Be the first to get one Silver Astro! This is a limited offer. Free Shipping to USA. (Add $15 for International Shipping)

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    One Black Special Edition Astro! It will come in a special package and will include a booklet with pictures and insights of the design and manufacturing process. Free Shipping to USA (Add $15 for International Shipping)

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    TWO Astros! One Black Special Edition and one Silver. Free Shipping to USA (Add $15 for International Shipping)

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    Pledge US$ 380 or more About $380

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: PAN & TILT PACK! TWO Astros in your choice of Silver or Black, 2 L brackets for pan & tilt motion, 2 camera cables, 1 smartphone cable, 1 short guide book for timelapse photography and 1 special booklet with insights of the design and manufacturing process.

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    PAN & TILT PACK! TWO Astros in your choice of Silver or Black, 2 L brackets for pan & tilt motion, 2 camera cables, 1 smartphone cable, 1 short guide book for timelapse photography and 1 special booklet with insights of the design and manufacturing process. (Add $15 for International Shipping)

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    RETAIL PACK: Five Astros! One Black Special Edition and four Silver. Free Shipping to USA (Add $30 for International Shipping)

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Funding period

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